JL: What drove your interest in cyber security issues? MS: Originally, I built computers in middle school. Recently, I came back to the field after having a great boss Eric Rosenbach at the Pentagon. He was a great inspiration for me.
JL: What do you think the biggest cyber security challenge for the U.S. is? MS: As the first adopter, the U.S. should reduce our national attack surface. There is the need to go back and incorporate security into our products by design for the next generation.
JL: What would you change about the 2015 DOD strategy? MS: Nothing much. The current 2015 document is already a detailed extension to the 2011 strategy.
JL: In terms of global governance in the cyber security field, would you say there is need to build more or strengthen the current international governing bodies? MS: To answer that question, we need to first look at the existing institutions. There is the U.N.’s Group of Governmental Experts, which has its different functions. I think we should keep pushing for the multi-stakeholder approach.
JL: How would you comment on the status quo of inter-agency cooperation outlined in the 2011 doctrine and taken for granted in the 2015 strategy? MS: I think it’s pretty strong. We have an established team of players for several years and we have built the trust with the State Department and other agencies. The DoD embraces the need for this.