McDermott Provides Pro Bono Support to Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Initiative - McDermott Will & Emery

McDermott Provides Pro Bono Support to Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Initiative


International law firm McDermott Will & Emery collaborated with the Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative (JCDC) on the High-Risk Communities Protection effort to defend high-risk communities, including civil society organizations, against cyberattacks. With insights from industry, civil society and interagency participants, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and JCDC have launched a new website that aims to improve the coordination and collaboration among federal agencies, state and local governments, private sector entities and nonprofit organizations.

In 2023, McDermott wrote a special report on cyber volunteering to address the state of volunteer cybersecurity activity and models in the US. In the report, the Firm made recommendations for a cyber volunteer strategy, including establishing a national website listing cyber volunteer resources.

Through JCDC’s High-Risk Communities Protection effort, CISA leveraged insights from this report and partnered with cyber volunteer programs, as well as civil society and industry participants, to develop a website that helps high-risk organizations identify cyber volunteer resources.

“We are proud to support CISA’s commitment to enhance the nation’s cybersecurity posture and resilience for these organizations and to foster a culture of cyber awareness and response,” said Mark Schreiber, senior counsel in McDermott’s global privacy and cybersecurity practice. “These resources will help high risk organizations identify and obtain cyber volunteer services to implement cyber assessments and precautions, as well as react to cyberattacks.”

The McDermott team members providing support include Mark Schreiber, Brian Long and Peter Scheyer.

If you’re interested in learning more about the cyber volunteer force, or if you want to get involved as a volunteer or a beneficiary, please visit the JCDC website. CISA also has a website with cybersecurity resources for high-risk communities.

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