Cybersecurity expert Rajesh De will deliver the second in a series of lectures hosted by the University of Delaware Cybersecurity Initiative on Wednesday, March 16.

March 16: Cybersecurity lecture

Cybersecurity expert De to address recent developments, trends in the law


1:32 p.m., March 1, 2016--Cybersecurity expert Rajesh De will deliver the second in a series of lectures hosted by the University of Delaware Cybersecurity Initiative on Wednesday, March 16.

The lecture, “The Evolving Cyber Threat and Current Legal, Policy, and Regulatory Trends,” will address the evolution of the cyber threat, the posture of the U.S. government to deal with the threat, the role of the private sector, and relevant legal, regulatory, and policy trends for businesses today.

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In discussing the growing impact of cybersecurity on people’s daily lives, the speaker will draw on his experiences from the White House, from the Department of Justice, and most recently from his position as general counsel for the National Security Agency – including the Snowden leaks and the Sony attack – as well as his current role leading the global cybersecurity and data privacy practice for a major international law firm, Mayer Brown.

The lecture will take place in Mitchell Hall from 2:30-3:30 p.m., with a reception to follow in the lobby of DuPont Hall.

The event is free and open to the public. Those planning to attend the reception should RSVP to Wendy Jordan at

The final lecture in the series, “Statistical Techniques and Applications for Text, Imagery, and Video Processing,” will be delivered on April 6 by James J. Nolan, vice president for analytic technologies at Decisive Analytics Corp.

About the speaker

A graduate of Harvard Law School, Rajesh De is a partner in Mayer Brown’s Washington D.C. office and leads the firm’s global cybersecurity and data privacy practice.

Before rejoining Mayer Brown in 2015, De served as general counsel for the United States National Security Agency (NSA). Prior to his service at the NSA, he served in the White House as staff secretary and deputy assistant to the president. In that capacity, he was responsible for managing all written material provided to the president. Previously, he served at the Department of Justice as principal deputy assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Policy.

Earlier in his career, De served as counsel to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and to multiple independent congressional inquiries, including the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (the “9/11 Commission”) and the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism. 

Article by Diane Kukich

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