Allison Bender joined Hogan Lovells’ privacy and cybersecurity practice in the Washington office as a senior associate in October 2015, where she focuses on cybersecurity counselling, incident response including engagement with law enforcement, and public policy. Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Allison served as a senior cybersecurity attorney in the Office of the General Counsel at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), where her experience includes, for example, serving as the primary operational legal counsel for the federal response to Heartbleed and a major security clearance contractor as well as providing key legal and policy leadership for a number of cybersecurity information sharing initiatives.
Allison brings key experience in incident response as well as cybersecurity policy, information sharing, liability and incentives. She was primary operational legal counsel for the federal response to the Heartbleed vulnerability, a major security clearance contractor breach, and the Healthcare.gov data breach. She served as Chair of the Automated Indicator Sharing Privacy & Compliance Working Group, provided primary legal advice for the implementation of Executive Order 13691 regarding information sharing and analysis organisations (ISAOs) and private sector clearances, advised the DHS Cyber Information Sharing and Collaboration Program (CISCP); and advised the Interagency Task Force implementing Executive Order 13636, ‘Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity,’ Presidential Policy Directive 21, ‘Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience,’ focusing on the ‘NIST Cybersecurity Framework,’ information sharing, liability and incentives. Allison was also principally involved in DHS policy efforts related to cybersecurity export controls, particularly Wassenaar implementation.