Markus Rauschecker joined the University of Maryland’s Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS) in March 2008. In his capacity as CHHS’ cybersecurity program director, he focuses on legal and policy issues in cybersecurity. He works with government agencies and the private sector to increase their understanding of the many legal and policy issues they face in cybersecurity. Through CHHS, he supports clients with planning, training, and exercises to enable them to better prepare and respond to cyber incidents.
Professor Rauschecker has developed and teaches three courses at Maryland Carey Law: Law and Policy of Cybersecurity, Cybercrime, and International Cybersecurity. These courses are regularly offered to JD, LLM, and Master of Science in Law (MSL) students.
He serves by appointment of the Maryland Attorney General on the Maryland Cybersecurity Council and is chair of the council’s Critical Infrastructure Subcommittee, which addresses critical infrastructure cybersecurity in Maryland. He is also a member of the council’s Legislative Subcommittee, which makes recommendations on state legislation related to cybersecurity.
Professor Rauschecker has been published on cyber issues in such outlets as the Maryland Law Review, JURIST, the American Bar Association’s Law Practice Today, and U.S. Cybersecurity Magazine. He has discussed emerging cybersecurity threats for local and international news outlets.
He has presented at conferences and seminars such as the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Conference, CyberMaryland, the UMD/CHHS Law and Policy of Cybersecurity Symposium, FEMA’s Emergency Management Higher Education Symposium, State Guard Association of the United States Judge Advocate Training Program, and the Howard County GovConnects Cyber Conference.
Professor Rauschecker has provided testimony on cybersecurity issues to numerous government bodies at the federal, state, and local levels, including the U.S. Senate Foreign Relation’s Subcommittee on East Asia, The Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, the Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, the Maryland Senate Finance Committee, the Maryland House Judiciary Committee, the Maryland House Economic Matters Committee, the Baltimore City Mayor’s Working Group on the Use and Implementation of Body Worn Cameras, and the Council of the District of Columbia’s Committee on the Judiciary.
Prior to becoming CHHS’ cybersecurity program director, he worked on other CHHS projects, which included serving as special assistant to the chief of staff of the National Capital Region (NCR) Senior Policy Group. He provided legal and policy analysis to the NCR’s Homeland Security Advisors. Additionally, he helped implement the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) grant, which supports the region’s homeland security goals and priorities. He helped draft the 2013 NCR Homeland Security Strategic Plan, which outlines the region’s goals and priorities.
Through CHHS, Professor Rauschecker has also been a lead planner for the District of Columbia’s Continuity of Operations (COOP) program. In that role, he drafted an executive order, signed by the mayor, which ensured that all district agencies had plans that would enable them to continue performing essential functions during and after any type of emergency. Professor Rauschecker worked with agencies to develop and update their COOP plans. He also served as an instructor for the Department of Homeland Security certified COOP course and represented the District of Columbia at national and regional COOP conferences.
CHHS supports the District of Columbia during presidential inaugurations. As program manager to the District of Columbia Presidential Inaugural Committee, he provided both management and operational support during the 2009 and 2013 presidential inaugurations.
He earned his BA from Georgetown University in 2002 and his JD from Maryland Carey Law in 2006. He is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP-US). He is admitted to practice law in the state of Maryland.