February 09, 2016

The Hill profiles Ari Schwartz

2 min

On February 9, 2016, The Hill profiled Venable's Managing Director of Cybersecurity Services Ari Schwartz, focusing on his career in government as top White House National Security Council official to his current work. "It's funny, because I was a privacy advocate after 9/11," said Schwartz. "And then I was a security guy working on privacy after the Snowden leaks… I feel like they're both extremely important and necessary. They're both clearly spelled out in the Constitution, especially when it comes to government's role."

Discussing his work for the White House on two cyber executive orders and with Congress on a major cyber bill, Schwartz said, "I think it's important to have a defender of the other side in that atmosphere… And knowing both worlds, I think I was able to — particularly in the White House — be a good translator and bring in people who could help to have a real conversation about where we should go and move it forward."

Discussing his new role at Venable, Schwartz said, "On my first day, I talked to a bunch of clients here that really, clearly needed help at just [developing] a more granular vision" on cybersecurity. "A lot of companies are dealing with that realization, 'Oh we have to handle this problem, and we can't just turn a willfully blind eye to it anymore.'''