Excited & honored to testify later today before Congress. I’ve done it once before & if you’re curious about how, why, & what the process was for me, read on. Congressional staffers work hard, do research on hearing topics, & reach out to SMEs for meetings. That’s how it starts🧵
I’m testifying before the House Subcommittees on Investigations & Oversight & on Research & Technology tomorrow on Solarwinds & beyond: Improving the cybersecurity of software supply chains DATE: Tuesday, May 25, 2021 TIME: 02:00 PM EST (11AM PST) science.house.gov/hearings/s…

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As soon as they feel they have a solid grasp from various experts on the topic, ideally in bipartisan cooperation with each other, they formulate questions the committee wants to understand. They often select private industry witnesses from among the previously consulted experts.
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How does one become a consulted expert? Word of mouth, industry association intros, &/or lobbying firms that make intros. I’ve been consulted via all those intros at one point or another. When they decide to invite you to testify, you get a few days to answer q’s in written form
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The questions I was asked to answer may be the same or totally different from what other witnesses were asked. So the written testimony you’ll see up on that page are answers to those questions, not meant to be a technical answer like “here’s how supply chain attacks work”.
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The questions were meant to outline strengths & limitations to existing & planned legislative responses, new policies & directives meant to address supply chain attacks. It all goes into the mix as Congress decides on legislation, policies, & budgets to support cyber resilience.
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Congress will ask us all more Questions For the Record (QFRs) after & those will also be considered. Don’t sweat it if you can’t watch live, it’s all recorded. Now you know how a little bit of spice makes it into the legislative sausage for a Congressional hearing.
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You got this, girlfriend.
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Congratulation! Thanks for doing this!
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Congrats and kick ass!
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👏👏👍👍
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Waving from the cheap seats!
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