McCarthy is CIP Project’s New Executive Director

Posted: May 13, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Elena Barbre

John McCarthy, a former director in KPMG LLP’s mid-Atlantic risk and advisory services practice and a recognized leader in critical infrastructure protection, has joined the School of Law’s National Center for Technology and Law as executive director of the Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Project. His position and the launch of the CIP Project will be formally announced at a press conference tomorrow on the Arlington Campus.

As coordinator of the federally funded collaboration between George Mason and James Madison University, McCarthy will work with university researchers, government officials, and corporate leaders to integrate the disciplines of law, policy, and technology to create a system for better protecting the country’s basic infrastructure systems from cyberterror attacks.

“This is a true partnership between government, academia, and industry, and the first project to create a synergy between law, policy, and technology in a holistic view of critical infrastructure protection,” says McCarthy. “We’re taking an interdisciplinary approach that requires thought leadership from both universities as well as interaction with federal and state government and the corporate world.”

Before joining KPMG LLP, McCarthy was a member of the professional staff of the Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office, supporting the national coordinator for security, infrastructure protection, and counterterrorism in the National Security Council. In this role he helped develop an integrated National Infrastructure Assurance Plan to address risks and threats to the nation’s critical infrastructures.

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