On November 21, 2019, Barack Ferrazzano Financial Institutions Group partner and Regulatory Section Leader John M. Geiringer hosted a Business Executives for National Security (BENS) Roundtable on Cybersecurity and U.S. Elections with Daniel Kroese. John, a BENS member since 2015, welcomed Daniel – the Deputy Assistant Director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) National Risk Management Center (NRMC) – and members of the BENS Chicago Region, for an open discussion luncheon here at the Firm. The roundtable consisted of highly experienced and skilled professionals, representing various organizations in the private and public sector.

Well-versed in the latest important cybersecurity issues, and with deep connections across the industry and government – Daniel led participants in an open discussion, including Q&As, on how the NRMC is protecting U.S. elections, and how the center’s planning and analysis addresses significant risks to our nation’s critical infrastructure. Among other topics, attendees discussed issues surrounding evolving cybersecurity expectations for banks and other financial institutions, and the importance of the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC). Daniel invited a lively dialogue concerning efforts to further cybersecurity enhancement and infrastructure resilience one year out from the 2020 U.S. national elections.

John Geiringer is a nationally recognized banking attorney who advises financial institutions on regulatory, governance, and investigative matters. John regularly provides focused training sessions to boards and management on a wide range of legal and risk management topics.

About Business Executives for National Security

Business Executives for National Security (BENS) is a national, non-profit comprised of over 450 senior business and industry executives who volunteer their time and expertise to assist the national security community. For nearly four decades, they have leveraged their diverse membership to address the nation’s most pressing security challenges. 

To learn more about BENS, visit: www.bens.org

About the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency 

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) plays a vital role as a part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, leading the national effort to protect and enhance the resilience of the nation's physical and cyber infrastructure. CISA's multi-faceted mission is home to more than 15 career fields including business administration, cybersecurity, program management, communications, data science.

To learn more about the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, visit: https://www.cisa.gov/about-cisa

About the National Risk Management Center

The National Risk Management Center (NRMC) is the CISA’s planning, analysis, and collaboration center working to identify and address the most significant risks to our nation’s critical infrastructure. The NRMC works in close coordination with the private sector and other key stakeholders in the critical infrastructure community to identify, analyze, prioritize, and manage the most strategic risks to our national critical functions.

To learn more about the National Risk Management Center, visit: https://www.cisa.gov/national-risk-management

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