From: The Honorable James R. Langevin
Sent By: nick.leiserson@mail.house.gov
Date: 6/21/2016

Dear Colleague,

We write to call your attention to an invitation you should have received from the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) to attend a briefing entitled “The Future of Authentication.” The briefing will take place this Wednesday, June 22, at noon in Rayburn B-369; lunch will be served.

One of the chief goals of malicious actors in cyberspace is to obtain valid credentials: by masquerading as a legitimate user, hackers are able to hide from network defenses. Whether targeted through phishing emails or cracked from data dumps, passwords
are constantly under threat. Unfortunately, it is often all too easy to compromise them, as the best passwords – long, unique, and used for only one account – are the least user-friendly. Developing new authentication tools is essential to building stronger
cybersecurity at the individual, enterprise, and government levels.

To help explore the innovations being developed to augment (and even replace) the password, NCSA has brought together a top-flight panel:

  • Jacqueline Connor, Attorney in the Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, FTC
  • Ben Petrosky, Senior Counsel, Public Policy and Government Relations, Google
  • Dug Song, CEO, DuoSecurity
  • Brett McDowell, Executive Director, FIDO Alliance
  • Michael Garcia, Deputy Director, National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, NIST

Please RSVP for the briefing if you plan on attending.

NCSA’s mission is to educate and empower digital citizens to use the Internet and connected devices safely and securely wherever they are and understand ways to navigate privacy in a fully connected world. NCSA is a leading public-private partnership, working
with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, corporate sponsors, and nonprofit collaborators to promote cybersecurity and privacy awareness everywhere. NCSA’s core initiatives include: Data Privacy Day (Jan 28), National Cyber Security Awareness Month (Oct)
and STOP. THINK. CONNECT.. NCSA is a key partner in the Cybersecurity National Action Plan for raising awareness of multi-factor authentication.

The Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus was co-founded by Representatives Jim Langevin and Michael McCaul to raise awareness of cybersecurity issues and provide a forum for Members representing different committees of jurisdiction to discuss the challenges
in securing cyberspace. If you are interested in joining the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus, or have any questions, please contact Nick Leiserson (nick.leiserson@mail.house.gov) in Congressman Langevin’s
office or Jessica Nalepa (Jessica.nalepa@mail.house.gov) in Chairman McCaul’s office.

Sincerely,

 

Jim Langevin                    Michael McCaul
Member of Congress        Member of Congress