Stewart A. Baker practices law at Steptoe & Johnson in Washington, D.C. His law practice covers matters such as homeland security, cybersecurity, and data protection. He is the author of Skating on Stilts: Why We Aren’t Stopping Tomorrow’s Terrorism, and he hosts the weekly Cyberlaw Podcast.   From 2005 to 2009, Baker was the first assistant secretary for policy at the Department of Homeland Security. During 2004 and 2005, Baker served as general counsel of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission investigating intelligence failures prior to the Iraq war. From 1992 to 1994, he was general counsel of the National Security Agency (NSA), where he led NSA and interagency efforts to reform commercial encryption and computer security law and policy. In 1977 and 1978, Baker was a law clerk to the Honorable John Paul Stevens, U.S. Supreme Court. He has been awarded one patent. Baker holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Brown University and a juris doctor degree of law from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law.