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APR 30, 2019 | US

US: BSA Software Security Framework Launch Event

Covington & Burling LLP

BSA Software Security Framework Launch Event

On April 30, BSA hosted a breakfast discussion to launch the BSA Framework for Secure Software in Washington, DC. After welcoming remarks from Victoria Espinel, President and CEO of BSA | The Software Alliance, Ashden Fein, Partner at Covington & Burling LLP, discussed global software security developments. Tommy Ross, BSA’s Senior Policy Director, then presented BSA’s Framework, a first-of-its-kind tool for guiding and assessing efforts to enhance software security. The event also featured remarks by Rafi Martina, who spoke on behalf of Senator Mark Warner (D-VA). Following the presentations, senior representatives from government, media, think-tanks, and industry stakeholders all participated in the discussion of the framework and its potential role.

Attendees included senior representatives from the Department of State, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA), the Senate Homeland Security & Government Affairs Committee, T-Mobile, Intel, Cloudflare, Cisco, the US Chamber of Commerce, the Consumer Technology Association, the Business Roundtable, the Telecommunications Industry Association, New America, the Center for Strategic & International Studies, Accenture, R Street Institute, Venable, Synopsys, Monument Policy, Tenable, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, Rogers Joseph O’Donnell, Politico, Bloomberg, and Inside Cybersecurity, as well as BSA members Adobe, IBM, Salesforce, Siemens, Splunk, and Workday.


  • Opening Remarks: Victoria Espinel, President and CEO of BSA | The Software Alliance
  • Keynote Speaker: Rafi Martina for Senator Mark Warner (D-VA)
  • Presentation on Software Security: Ashden Fein, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP
  • Presentation on BSA’s Framework for Secure Software: Tommy Ross, Senior Policy Director, BSA | The Software Alliance


BSA | The Software Alliance (www.bsa.org) is the leading advocate for the global software industry before governments and in the international marketplace. Its members are among the world’s most innovative companies, creating software solutions that help businesses of all sizes in every part of the economy to modernize and grow.

With headquarters in Washington, DC, and operations in more than 30 countries, BSA pioneers compliance programs that promote legal software use and advocates for public policies that foster technology innovation and drive growth in the digital economy.


Michael O’Brien

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