John P. Carlin, Chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Global Risk + Crisis Management Group, will moderate a lunchtime discussion on cyber threats, featuring the NSA’s Richard Ledgett and the FBI’s Paul Abbate.
Mr. Ledgett, who announced that he will retire later this spring, is the senior civilian leader of the NSA. In this capacity he acts as the Agency’s chief operating officer, responsible for guiding and directing studies, operations and policy. Mr. Ledgett began his NSA career in 1988 and has served in operational, management, and technical leadership positions at the branch, division, office, and group levels.
Mr. Abbate is the head of the FBI’s Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch and oversees all FBI criminal and cyber investigations worldwide, international operations, critical incident response, and victim assistance. He most recently served as the assistant director in charge of the Washington Field Office. Mr. Abbate began his FBI career as a special agent in March 1996 and has served in various counterterrorism and leadership roles at FBI Headquarters, in Los Angeles, Detroit, and Newark, as well as overseas in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya.
Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster earlier this year, John P. Carlin was Assistant Attorney General for National Security at the U.S. Department of Justice Department, the DOJ’s top-ranking national security lawyer. In this capacity, he oversaw nearly 400 employees responsible for protecting the country against international and domestic terrorism, espionage, cyber, and other national security threats.