It is almost heresy for a defense department official to suggest giving up control of a major program, but that in fact is what the department's Deputy Assistant Security of Defense for Cyber Policy, Eric Rosenbach, did at the recent RSA Security conference in San Francisco. Advocating for the Department of Homeland Security to take the lead in protecting America from cyber attacks at home instead of NSA, Rosenbach said, "'s almost certainly not the right approach for the United States of America to have a foreign intelligence focus on domestic networks, doing something that throughout history has been a domestic function." Rosenbach said the FBI is also better equipped to work in conjunction with DHS as the domestic law enforcement body.

Since September 2011, Eric Rosenbach has been the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy, formulating, recommending, integrating, and implementing policies and strategies to improve DoD's ability to operate in cyberspace. He is perfectly suited to the position having recently led the global cybersecurity practice at Good Harbor Consulting—run by former special adviser to the president on cybersecurity Richard Clarke. Rosenbach was also previously Executive Director for Research of the Belfer Center.

While at the Belfer Center, Rosenbach taught classes on cybersecurity and counterterrorism policy and co-directed a joint Harvard/Massachusetts Institute of Technology project on international cybersecurity policy. Rosenbach was selected Faculty Advisor of the Year in 2010. Prior to his work at Harvard, Rosenbach served as national security advisor for Senator Chuck Hagel and as a professional staff member on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI). Rosenbach also served for several years as an Army intelligence officer in Europe, where he provided communications intelligence in direct support of commanders in Bosnia and Kosovo.

Rosenbach has co-authored and co-edited several books on national security issues, including "Find, Fix, Finish," published this year, which details how America learned to counter terrorists in ever more lethally incisive operations.

Rosenbach was a Fulbright Scholar. He holds a Juris Doctor from Georgetown, Masters of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, and Bachelor of Arts from Davidson College.


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