July 7, 2020

Cybersecurity In A Digital Age – “The Only Truly Secure System Is One That Is Powered Off”

“The Only Truly Secure System Is One That Is Powered Off” – Cybersecurity In A Digital Age - Podcast episode with Milbank partners Allan Marks and Dara Panahy with former NSA General Counsel Glenn S. Gerstell

Featuring partners Allan Marks and Dara Panahy with Milbank alumnus and former NSA General Counsel Glenn S. Gerstell, this episode of Law, Policy & Markets: Milbank Conversations explores in depth the needed tools and current trends in cybersecurity, national security, governance and technology.

“The Only Truly Secure System Is One That Is Powered Off” – Cybersecurity In A Digital Age

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About the speakers:

Glenn S. Gerstell served as the general counsel of the National Security Agency (NSA) and Central Security Service (CSS) from 2015 to 2020. He has written and spoken widely about the intersections of technology and national security and privacy. Prior to joining the NSA, Mr. Gerstell practiced law for almost 40 years at the international law firm of Milbank LLP, where he focused on the global telecommunications industry and served as the managing partner of the firm's Washington, DC, Singapore, and Hong Kong offices. Mr. Gerstell served on the President's National Infrastructure Advisory Council, which reports to the president and the secretary of homeland security on security threats to the nation's infrastructure, as well as on the District of Columbia Homeland Security Commission.  Earlier in his career, he was an adjunct law professor at the Georgetown University Law Center and New York Law School. He is a recipient of the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service and the NSA Distinguished Civilian Service Medal.

As leader of Milbank’s Transportation and Space Group in Washington, DC and head of the firm’s Global Risk & National Security practice, Dara Panahy represents satellite operators, aerospace manufacturers, launch services providers, communications companies, banks, private equity firms and hedge funds in debt and equity offerings, project, structured and vendor financings, mergers & acquisitions, financial restructurings and in negotiating commercial contracts.  He also advises on regulatory, sanctions, anti-corruption, national security and export control matters.

Allan Marks is one of the world's leading project finance lawyers, with special expertise in the power and renewable energy, transportation and airports, oil and gas, water, and telecommunications sectors. He advises developers, investors, lenders, and underwriters around the world in the development and financing of complex infrastructure projects, as well as related acquisitions, restructurings and capital markets transactions. He has provided strategic guidance to corporate boards and senior executives with respect to risk management and cybersecurity compliance in the energy and digital infrastructure areas. Mr. Marks also serves as an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley at both the Law School and the Haas School of Business.