Yosef Lehrman, NYPD: Defending Law Enforcement Networks

In this keynote, Yosef Lehrman, Director of Information Security for the New York City Police Department (NYPD), will share his thoughts and experience on how to ensure the confidentiality, availability, and integrity of law enforcement data in an age of increasing mobile access and rapidly changing technologies.

With more than 36,000 officers and 18,000 civilian employees policing a city of 8.5 million, the NYPD is the largest local police agency in the United States, and its information systems are under constant reconnaissance and attack. The department has specialized units comprising sworn and non-sworn personnel to protect its infrastructure and data, and the lessons learned by these professionals are applicable to police agencies large and small.

As the Director of Information Security of the NYPD, Yosef Lehrman is responsible for ensuring the cyber-security of the NYPD by detecting, analyzing, and responding to network attacks, intrusions, disruptions or other unauthorized actions that would compromise or cripple Department information systems and networks.

He assists the Deputy Commissioner of Information Technology in protecting the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of NYPD information systems while meeting the technology needs of the Department. In his capacity as Director of Information Security, Mr. Lehrman provides security audit and review, product evaluations and information security policy recommendations.

He also serves as the principle subject matter expert for the investigation of computer security incidents that affects the NYPD, and has review authority for data classification, procurement of relevant technologies, hiring of security staff, non-employee access to NYPD data and the secure development of applications and network architecture.

Director Lehrman joined the Police Department in 2006, and has published articles and presented both nationally and internationally on a variety of topics in information security. He is a member of the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division’s Security and Access Subcommittee, and functions as the Department’s CJIS Local Agency Security Officer.

He also serves on several task forces focused on defending critical infrastructure against cyber-attacks, and is one of the original members of the Department of Homeland Security’s Unified Cyber Coordination Group. He holds an MS in Internet Technology from Pace University, the Certified Information Systems Security Professional credential, as well as several industry standard certifications.