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Indiana Township native named to national security committee

Mary Ann Thomas
| Thursday, July 14, 2011

Indiana Township native Lisa Hook got a call she wasn't expecting: President Barack Obama was naming her to an advisory committee on critical national security and emergency issues related to telecommunications.

"It's not something one applies for," Hook said.

Hook, 52, of Washington, D.C., a graduate of Fox Chapel Area High School, is president and CEO of Neustar, Inc., which worldwide manages billions of Internet Protocol addresses, Internet and telecommunications transactions, and millions of telephone numbers.

A graduate of Duke University with a bachelor's in public policy, Hook holds a law degree from Dickinson School of Law.

Prior to joining Neustar, Hook held leadership positions at AOL, Time Warner and Viacom. She has served as a senior adviser at the Federal Communications Commission.

"I (am) thrilled to be on the commission," said Hook, of her appointment to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee.

Hook, who attended her first committee meeting last month, said the rapid pace of telecommunications innovation and related security issues means there is much for the panel to consider.

"For example, people have used Twitter to start political movements," Hook said.

"More information is being stored in the Internet in the clouds," she said. "People are storing their pictures, movies and their music out on the Internet as opposed to their homes. What does that mean for national security?"

"How easy is it for the bad guys to break in and get credit card numbers• How easy is it for people to wage cyber warfare and take down a country?"

Hook said that growing up in the Pittsburgh area -- her parents, Patricia and Melvin Hook still live in Indiana -- greatly influenced how she does business.

"The friendliness and straight-forward manner has had an impact on how I run a business," she said.

At Neustar, Hook said, there are a number of Pittsburgh natives. "Everyone has a Steelers' jersey."

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