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Eric Wenger

Senior Director, Technology Policy

Global Government Affairs

Eric Wenger is Senior Director for technology policy and leads Cisco's government affairs work globally on a range of policy issues, including: cybersecurity, 5G, IOT, lawful intercept, and data protection. Eric came to Cisco from Microsoft, where he was Policy Counsel. He was a Trial Attorney in the Department of Justice's Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section and a Special Assistant United States Attorney in DC’s Computer Hacking & Intellectual Property Unit. He served as an Attorney in the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection and an Attorney Advisor to then Commissioner Leary. He was also Assistant Attorney General in New York, where he started the first statewide law enforcement unit in the U.S. focused on e-commerce. Eric earned his undergraduate degree at Cornell University and graduated with Honors from George Washington University Law School.

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July 28, 2021

HIGH TECH POLICY

Cisco Responds to Biden Administration Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Memorandum

Cisco's Eric Wenger, Senior Director of Technology Policy, Global Government Affairs, welcomes the continued attention that the U.S. federal government is applying to secure critical infrastructure (CI).

January 28, 2021

HIGH TECH POLICY

Are Openness and Security Both Possible in a 5G World?

Well-designed, open wireless network architectures using Open RAN can actually yield security benefits over closed architectures, but federally-funded research is a critical step on that path.

September 22, 2020

HIGH TECH POLICY

Security in Open RAN Networks

Many mobile network operators are considering deployment of open, decomposed, and modular radio access networks for 5G advanced wireless networks. The business rationale for adopting this network architecture is evident in light of the current state of the supply chain for network infrastructure. The current pool of vendors for technology in the Radio Access Network […]

January 18, 2019

HIGH TECH POLICY

Building an Effective Privacy Framework

We are encouraged to see NIST building on the model of the highly successful Cybersecurity Framework CSF to address privacy and data protection concerns. The CSF has proved the power...

October 25, 2018

HIGH TECH POLICY

Fighting for Encryption & Security Around the World

Last week, my colleagues Tim Fawcett, Matt Carling and I had the honour and pleasure of representing Cisco in a hearing before theAustralian Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security....

October 12, 2018

HIGH TECH POLICY

A Modern Approach to Cybersecurity & Privacy in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement

The new U.S.-Mexico-Canada-Agreement (USMCA) covers a wide range of trade issues, but it also demonstrates how all three governments share a common vision and commitment to effective cyber-risk management.

June 15, 2018

HIGH TECH POLICY

CLOUD Act Forecast: Opportunity for Greater Transparency

Passage of the CLOUD Act in the U.S. and the subsequent dismissal of the “Ireland Warrant” litigation raises two important questions about cross-border data storage and regulation.

December 21, 2017

HIGH TECH POLICY

US Justice Department Advises Prosecutors: Seek Data from Enterprises Rather than Cloud Service Providers

At Cisco, we have long advocated that “data and communications stored in the cloud should receive equivalent protections against unreasonable government search and seizure just like documents stored on premises or in paper files.” I was, therefore, pleased to see new guidance from my former colleagues in the US Department of Justice’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section supporting […]

December 6, 2017

HIGH TECH POLICY

Cisco Weighs in on Mobile Privacy Case

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court took up a case, U.S. v. Carpenter, that turns upon the “third-party doctrine.” The question before the court is whether cell phone location information obtained from a third-party mobile service provider should require the government to get a “probable cause” warrant instead of a court order requiring a lower […]