DHS Hackers and the Lawyers Who Advise Them

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The DHS NCATS team helps protect networks and critical infrastructure using adversary tradecraft and attack vectors, revealing network weaknesses waiting for exploit. Such activities raise complex and novel legal issues that must account for a dizzying array of laws. This session will explore these attack techniques and the lawyer’s role of ensuring everyone stays on the right side of the law and Constitution.

Learning Objectives:
1: Learn about cutting-edge services and techniques DHS uses to protect gov’t and critical infrastructure networks.
2: Understand the legal issues and pitfalls these services can present.
3: Hear examples of how the team worked to mitigate the legal issues associated with past outside-the-box ideas.

Basic understanding of networking and common threat vectors.
Jason Hill


Deputy Chief, NCATS, CS&C, Department of Homeland Security

Rob Karas


Director, Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency’s (NCATS) Program

Matthew Slowik


Attorney, Department of Homeland Security’s Office of General Counsel

Gabriel Taran


Assistant General Counsel for Cybersecurity, Department of Homeland Security

Kelly Thiele


Cybersecurity Analyst, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (NCATS) Program

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