2017-2018 Cybersecurity Policy Fellows

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Rizwan Ali

Rizwan Ali

Cybersecurity Policy Fellow

Rizwan Ali is a fellow in New America’s Cybersecurity Initiative. Ali is managing director of cyMars, a cybersecurity consulting company. He is a retired colonel from the U.S. Air Force with three decades of experience in cybersecurity, information technology, and space systems.

Ali has held the military equivalent of C-suite and corporate-level jobs to include CEO, COO, CIO, and CISO positions and has a history of working on governance, advisory, and non-profit boards. He also has extensive international work experience in Europe (Belgium, Germany, Italy, Estonia), Asia (Turkey, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Japan), and Africa (Gabon, Tanzania, Ethiopia).

During his military career, Ali led four large organizations, including a combat communications squadron, a communications squadron at an air logistics hub, an expeditionary combat support group, and a cybersecurity/engineering center serving the entire Air Force. In his last military assignment, he established the cyber program for NATO’s military for which he was awarded NATO’s highest award by the NATO Secretary General.

His work has had national and international impact. He was on the interagency teams that wrote the President’s National Security Space Policy and the Secretary of Defense’s Space Policy. Additionally, he was on the international teams which wrote NATO’s Enhanced Cyber Defense Policy and Supreme Allied Commander Europe’s cyber policy.

Ali’s articles have been published in several publications to include Joint Force Quarterly, Strategic Studies Quarterly, Three Swords Magazine, and a British peer-reviewed cyber security journal.

He has a bachelor of engineering degree from Stevens Institute of Technology and master’s degrees from Troy University, Air University, and National War College.

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Nicole Becher

Cybersecurity Policy Fellow

Nicole Becher is a fellow in New America's Cybersecurity Initiative. She is the director of cyber operations at Fractal Industries. She specializes in application security, red teaming, penetration testing, malware analysis, and computer forensics. Previously, she worked for a financial regulator, where she developed policies for assessing the cyber-readiness of large and complex financial institutions and drafted the cybersecurity piece of the first regulatory framework for bitcoin and virtual currencies. As an adjunct instructor at New York University, Becher teaches courses on offensive and defensive computer security, network security, web application security, and computer forensics. She is also a chapter leader for OWASP Brooklyn (Open Web Application Security Project). Her research interests include web application security, malware analysis, cryptography, malware economies, cybercrime, and international cyberlaws and regulation. Becher is also a fellow of the Madison Policy Forum, a cybersecurity-focused policy group bridging military, government and industry.

Malek Ben Salem

Malek Ben Salem

Cybersecurity Policy Fellow

Malek Ben Salem, PhD is a fellow in New America’s Cybersecurity Initiative. Ben Salem is a cybersecurity researcher based in Washington, D.C. She leads a security research team at Accenture Labs, where her research focuses on behavioral biometrics, IoT security, data protection, security analytics, Blockchain, and cloud and mobile security. She has been a co-principal investigator on several DARPA projects, including active authentication and the Integrated Cyber Analysis System (ICAS). Ben Salem’s research has been featured in DarkReading, NeoworkWorld, and the New York Times, among others. She currently helps clients from various industries (critical Infrastructure, resources, financial services, etc.) adopt innovative security technologies to achieve real cyber risk reduction and to proactively adhere to digital ethics principles in order to earn client’s digital trust—going beyond a compliance-driven security approach. She is also developing AI-based security offerings. Ben Salem is deeply skilled in security vision and leadership, c-suite collaboration, research and development, technology strategy, data science, and security innovation. She has authored several peer-reviewed publications and patents.

Stan Byers

Stan Byers

Cybersecurity Policy Fellow

Stan Byers is a fellow in New America’s Cybersecurity Initiative. Byer’s interests include mapping the converging investment and social implications of economic growth, rapidly advancing technologies, and cybersecurity threats in emerging markets. He is an expert on sustainable investment and risk in complex markets, including Africa, Latin America, and Central Asia. He previously served as the lead for economics and development for Afghanistan and Pakistan at the White House National Security Council and was a leader of Ernst & Young’s Cyber Economics team, analyzing the geopolitical and economics aspects of cybersecurity. Other work has focused on global trends in the extractives industry, energy infrastructure investment, and fair-trade practices.

Byers has been an entrepreneur-in-residence with Singularity University Ventures and is currently a participant in the TED residency program. He is a board member of the Fund for Peace and is the lead for AI and emerging markets with the AI Initiative and Future Society at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He earned a B.S. in ecology from Purdue University and an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School with a focus on economics and development. He speaks Portuguese and is working on Spanish and French.

Daniel Charles

Daniel Charles

Cybersecurity Policy Fellow

Daniel (Dani) Charles is a fellow in New America’s Cybersecurity Initiative. Charles is the CEO and co-founder of Charles Bernard Ventures. Charles has extensive experience advising the U.S. government on the procurement and deployment of critical technology, as well as providing cyber-related training to groups across the intelligence, defense, diplomatic, and federal law enforcement communities. Charles has directly supported U.S. government cyber programs, led teams specializing in cyber investigations, research and analysis, and, on numerous occasions, drafted white papers and memos for senior government audiences focused on how to bring new and innovative technology into the national security fold.

Charles co-teaches a graduate-level cyber 101 workshop at Georgetown University’s Security Studies Program. He was a 2016 National Security Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracy, and has spoken publicly on cyber issues in a number of capacities, including as a guest speaker at the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Veterans Cyber Initiative, and as a panelist at the American Society of Travel Agent’s Premium Business Summit as well as its Global Convention.

Charles received his M.A. from Georgetown University, where he wrote his graduate thesis on the lessons U.S. Cyber Command can learn from U.S. Special Operations Command. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. from Emory University.

Natasha Cohen

Natasha Cohen

Cybersecurity Policy Fellow

Natasha Cohen is a fellow in New America’s Cybersecurity Initiative. Cohen is the director of cyber policy and client strategy at BlueteamGlobal, where she directs a team of cyber professionals to help clients to assess, address, and integrate cybersecurity across their business enterprise and risk management frameworks. Cohen’s purview includes the changing cyber regulatory environment, strategic initiatives in cybersecurity, and the latest domestic and international developments in cyber policy and best practices.

Before joining BTG, Cohen worked as a management consultant for PwC, the Rare Wine Co, and several other companies and nonprofits, advising clients on strategic solutions and operations. Her clients included government agencies, Fortune 100 companies, and small to midsize firms operating in the United States and international spheres.

Cohen has also served in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy and at the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, where she worked on counter-terrorism, defense, and security issues. Cohen was awarded the Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service while working at West Point in 2009. Cohen holds a master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and graduated Summa Cum Laude with Distinction from Boston University. Cohen is also a 2017 Transatlantic Digital Debates Fellow with New America and the Global Public Policy Institute.

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John Costello

Cybersecurity Policy Fellow

John Costello is a fellow in New America's Cybersecurity Initiative. He is a senior analyst for cyber and East Asia at Flashpoint. Costello is a former Congressional Innovation Fellow for majority staff in the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. During his time on the Hill, Costello helped investigate the 2015 breach into the Office of Personnel Management and helped oversee federal IT management. Previously, Costello was a research analyst at Defense Group Inc., where he concentrated on Chinese cyber espionage, information warfare, and intellectual property theft. Costello is also a U.S. Navy veteran, former NSA analyst, and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, having graduated with honors from the Defense Language Institute.

Costello's insights have appeared in Wired, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Reuters, and Jamestown China Brief. Costello's research focuses on Chinese cyber forces, evolving technology and innovation environment, and quantum technologies.

Matthew Doan

Matthew Doan

Cybersecurity Policy Fellow

Matthew Doan is a fellow in New America's Cybersecurity Initiative. His primary areas of research and thought leadership center on IoT, converged security disciplines, and human factors (i.e., psychological, cultural, and organizational dynamics). 


He is also a senior leader in Booz Allen Hamilton's commercial practice, serving as a cyber strategist. In this role, Doan advises senior clients and leads teams in driving innovative strategic and operational cybersecurity solutions, particularly for global automotive, oil and gas, industrial, and high-tech companies. His recent work centers on helping manufacturers understand and manage cyber risk across the business ecosystem in evolving domains such as connected products, manufacturing (IT-OT), and supply chain operations. Previously, Doan worked strategic threat preparedness challenges for the U.S. intelligence community and Department of Defense. He holds an MA in security studies from Georgetown University, and a BBA in computer information systems from James Madison University. He regularly speaks at major cybersecurity conferences, and his passion for affecting change is reflected in thought leadership publications such as the Atlantic and Dark Reading.

Mailyn Fidler

Mailyn Fidler

Cybersecurity Policy Fellow

Mailyn Fidler is a fellow in New America’s Cybersecurity Initiative. Fidler's work focuses on the exercise of power in the Internet society. Her current research investigates the use and oversight of government use of hacking tools, the evolving legal system governing cross-border data access by law enforcement agencies, and the politics of emerging cybersecurity laws in developing countries. She has published widely-read posts in leading policy blogs on the NSA's oversight of zero-day vulnerabilities, as well as one of the earliest legal articles on the subject. She is currently authoring a forthcoming book manuscript on on African cyber politics. Her work this year will focus on state and local hacking capabilities and the challenges facing developing countries regarding cross-border data access legal regimes. She has spoken widely at D.C. think tanks, leading law schools, and key conferences in the field, including CSIS, the Harvard Kennedy School, and RightsCon. Fidler most recently was a fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School. She holds an MPhil in international relations from Oxford University, where she was a Marshall Scholar, and a BA from Stanford University.

Brian Fonseca

Brian Fonseca

Cybersecurity Policy Fellow

Brian Fonseca is a fellow in New America's Cybersecurity Initiative. He is director of the Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy at Florida International University’s (FIU) Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs. Fonseca serves as the institute’s technical expert for national security and foreign policy. His analysis has been featured in local and national media, including ABC, BBC, Bloomberg, Fox News, Miami Herald, MSNBC. Fonseca joined the Gordon Institute in 2015 after serving as director of operations at FIU’s Applied Research Center, where he led the center’s expansion into national security and cybersecurity research initiatives. He joined FIU after serving as the senior research manager for socio-cultural analysis at United States Southern Command’s Joint Intelligence Operations Center South (JIOC-S). His recent book publications include: Brian Fonseca and Eduardo A. Gamarra, eds., Culture and National Security in the Americas (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, January 2017) and Brian Fonseca and Jonathan D. Rosen, The New Security Agenda: Trends and Emerging Threats (New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, April 2017). Fonseca holds degrees in international business and international relations from Florida International University in Miami, Fla., and he has attended Sichuan University in Chengdu, China and National Defense University in Washington D.C. From 1997 to 2004, he served in the United States Marine Corps and facilitated the training of foreign military forces in both hostile theaters and during peacetime operations.

Camille Francois

Camille Francois

Cybersecurity Policy Fellow

Camille Francois is a fellow in New America’s Cybersecurity Initiative. Francois’ research focuses on the notion of cyber peace, and the intersection of human rights, cybersecurity, and cyber operations.

Francois is also principal researcher at Jigsaw, a think tank and technology incubator within Google/Alphabet. She leads an interdisciplinary research program to design and implement interventions focused on protecting users from state-sponsored cyber threats against civil society, tackling violent extremism and new forms of political propaganda, and embedding fairness in machine learning and algorithmic processes.

Previously, Francois served as a special advisor to the CTO of France within the Prime Minister's office, led research projects on cybersecurity and human rights for the Mozilla Foundation and the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and worked for Google’s Market Insights team.

A Fulbright Fellow, Francois holds a master’s degree in human rights from the French Institute of Political Sciences (Sciences-Po) and a master’s degree in international security from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Francois was formerly a fellow at the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet & Society. A frequent speaker in international conferences, her work has appeared in various publications, including WIRED, Defense Dossier, Le Monde Diplomatique, and Scientific American.

Sebastian Goodwin

Sebastian Goodwin

Cybersecurity Policy Fellow

Sebastian Goodwin is a fellow in New America’s Cybersecurity Initiative. Goodwin is head of cybersecurity at Nutanix. In this role, he is responsible for security, compliance, and technology risk management. He joined Nutanix after serving as head of product marketing for endpoint security at Palo Alto Networks. Prior to that, Goodwin was CISO for a large multinational company and spent 10 years in consulting roles with IBM Business Consulting Services and several boutique firms.

Goodwin is a recognized cybersecurity industry leader and the author of two books on Windows Server security as well as co-author of the Security+ certification exam. He has taught numerous courses on security and technology and has served as an advisor to successful cybersecurity start-ups. He holds a BS in applied economics from the University of San Francisco and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include the moral implications of AI in cybersecurity, organizational behavior and executive leadership impacts on cybersecurity, quantified risk decision models, and security in the hybrid cloud.

Scott Handler

Scott Handler

Cybersecurity Policy Fellow

Scott Handler is is a fellow in New America’s Cybersecurity Initiative. Handler is an academy professor and the director of international relations at the U.S. Military Academy, as well as senior advisor to the commander of U.S. Cyber National Mission Force. As a White House Fellow, he served as special advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, where Handler was a founding member of the Secretary’s Global Economics Team.  He has served in a variety of command and staff positions as an Army officer, including as second-in-command of a military intelligence (cyber) battalion, a start-up unit he helped grow from 20 to over 450 persons tasked with the mission of conducting full-spectrum cyberspace operations. He commanded a military intelligence company and led an infantry scout platoon inside the demilitarized zone (DMZ) at Panmunjom, Korea. Handler also served as special assistant to two commanding generals of the Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq and the NATO Training Mission-Iraq, as well as special assistant to the senior leadership team that created U.S. Cyber Command.  He earned a Ph.D. in political science from Stanford, a M.U.R.P. from the University of Hawaii as an East-West Fellow, and a B.S. from the U.S. Military Academy.  Handler is currently a board member of the French-American Foundation and was a Council on Foreign Relations term member.

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Trey Herr

Cybersecurity Policy Fellow

Trey Herr, PhD, is a fellow in New America’s Cybersecurity Initiative. Herr is a fellow with the Belfer Center's Cyber Security Project at the Harvard Kennedy School. His work focuses on trends in state developed malicious software, the structure of criminal markets for malware components, and the proliferation of malware. Herr is co-editor of Cyber Insecurity - Navigating the Perils of the Next Information Age, an edited volume on cybersecurity policy. He previously worked with the Department of Defense to develop a risk assessment methodology for information security threats. His time with New America has focused on the use and assessment of risk in information security insurance. He holds an MA in political science from the George Washington University and a BS in theatre and political science from Northwestern University where he helped found Politics & Policy.

Jonah Force Hill

Jonah Force Hill

Cybersecurity Policy Fellow

Jonah Force Hill is a fellow in New America's Cybersecurity Initiative. Hill is a policy specialist in the U.S. Department of Commerce, NTIA, where he works on a variety of global technology policy issues, including cross-border data flows, digital trade, cybersecurity policy, online privacy, and internet governance and technical standardization. He represents the United States at government-to-government engagements and in venues such as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum. Within the Department of Commerce, he serves as the executive secretariat for the Department's "Internet Policy Task Force" and was the principal author of two of the Department's most important technology policy strategies, the "International Cybersecurity Engagement Priorities" report and "Enabling Growth and Innovation in the Digital Economy." 


Prior to his government service, Hill worked as a management consultant in San Francisco, Calif., where he advised corporate and public sector clients on technology policy and strategic communications, and as a research assistant to former CIA Director Gen. David H. Petraeus at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. His research and writing has appeared in numerous academic journals and books, including the Harvard National Security Law Review and the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs. He holds an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School, an MTS from the Harvard Divinity School, and a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Hwee-Joo Kam

Hwee-Joo Kam

Cybersecurity Policy Fellow

Hwee-Joo Kam, D.Sc. is a fellow in New America’s Cybersecurity Initiative. She is an assistant professor at the University of Tampa. Kam is conducting research about information security behavior in the organizational context. Her research suggests how to implement security policies effectively in organizations. She is also teaching courses related to information security (i.e. penetration testing, secure coding, information assurance, database security etc.). She has published articles in the ICIS and ECIS proceedings as well as refereed journals (i.e. Computers & Education, JIT etc.). Kam is also CISSP certified.

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Robert M. Lee

Cybersecurity Policy Fellow

Robert M. Lee is a fellow in New America’s Cybersecurity Initiative. He is also founder and CEO of the cybersecurity company Dragos, Inc., a SANS Institute course author and researcher, and a PhD candidate at Kings College London. Lee gained his start in cyber security as an Air Force Cyber Warfare Operations Officer in the U.S. Intelligence Community. He may be found on Twitter @RobertMLee.

Robert Lord

Robert Lord

Cybersecurity Policy Fellow

Robert Lord is a fellow in New America’s Cybersecurity Initiative. Lord is the co-founder and president of Protenus, an analytics platform that leverages artificial intelligence to detect data breaches in healthcare. Protenus protects the nation’s top healthcare systems, ensuring trust for tens of millions of patients, and was named the 2016 International Association of Privacy Professionals’ Privacy Innovator of the Year.

Lord is a sought-after speaker and commentator in the fields of artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, healthcare analytics, and data privacy.  He has been invited to speak at premier industry conferences like the HIMSS17 National Conference, to brief at the U.S. Senate, and to provide insight to national, state, and local leaders on cybersecurity preparedness.  His insights have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the Hill, Forbes, the Baltimore Sun, and a wide array of other publications.

Lord is a fellow at the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology and teaches courses on entrepreneurship at Johns Hopkins.  He has been named to the Baltimore Business Journal’s “Tech 10” and to Becker’s Hospital Review’s “Healthcare Entrepreneurs to Know.”

Before co-founding Protenus, Lord was an MD candidate at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Robert received his A.B. in social studies, magna cum laude, from Harvard University.

Gregory Michaelidis

Gregory Michaelidis

Cybersecurity Policy Fellow

Gregory Michaelidis is a fellow in the Cybersecurity Initiative at New America. After nearly two decades working at the intersection of national and homeland security, communications, and public policy, Michaelidis created Security Awareness Lab in 2017 with two goals in mind:

  • Helping organizations and individuals assess, and understand, their likely security risks and vulnerabilities, and

  • Using the art and science of communications to equip people with practical knowledge to be more safe, secure, and resilient.

Until January 2017, Michaelidis served as a key Obama Administration communicator on security, public safety, and community preparedness issues. As director of speechwriting for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) he led message development and coordination across the third largest cabinet-level agency of the federal government. Most recently, he advised top DHS officials on communicating with the private sector and the American public about cybersecurity risks.

Michaelidis brings his longtime passion for translating complex issues for general audiences, and is a regarded expert on evidence-based approaches to security awareness efforts. He is a Truman National Security Fellow, advisor to the Human Behaviors in Cybersecurity program at ideas42, and part of Dūcō Experts, a startup marketplace of leading international affairs and security experts.

Before joining the Obama Administration in 2009, Michaelidis spent a decade creating compelling policy campaigns at a major public research university, influential think tanks, and a growing public affairs firm. An outside foreign policy advisor to the 2008 Barack Obama and 2004 John Kerry presidential campaigns, he has BA and MA degrees from the University at Buffalo, SUNY, and a PhD in history from the University of Maryland, College Park. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and two daughters.

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Katie Moussouris

Cybersecurity Policy Fellow

Katie Moussouris is the founder and CEO of a new company, Luta Security (lutasecurity.com), named for the tropical island where her mother was born in the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, a beautiful place that is still home to many members of Moussouris’s family. Not only is Luta Security the only company offering gap analysis and guidance on ISO 29147 vulnerability disclosure, and how to implement a vulnerability coordination program (which may or may not include bug bounties), it is also a 100 percent female-owned and Native Pacific Islander-owned tech company. Luta Security advises companies, lawmakers, and governments on the benefits of hacking and security research to help make the internet safer for everyone. Moussouris is a hacker—first hacking computers, now hacking policy and regulations.

Moussouris's most recent work was in helping the U.S. Department of Defense start the government's first bug bounty program, called "Hack the Pentagon." Her earlier Microsoft work encompassed industry-leading initiatives such as Microsoft's bug bounty programs and Microsoft Vulnerability Research. Moussouris is also an invited technical expert selected to assist directly in the US Wassenaar negotiations on the inclusion of intrusion software and intrusion software technology, helping to renegotiate broad wording to minimize unintended consequences to the defense of the Internet.

She is also a subject matter expert for the U.S. National Body of the International Standards Organization (ISO) in vuln disclosure (29147), vuln handling processes (30111), and secure development (27034). Moussouris is a visiting scholar with the MIT Sloan School, doing research on the vulnerability economy and exploit market.

She is a New America cybersecurity fellow and Harvard Belfer affiliate. Moussouris is on the CFP review board for RSA, O'Reilly Security Conference, Shakacon, and is an advisor to the Center for Democracy and Technology.

Brian Nussbaum

Brian Nussbaum

Cybersecurity Policy Fellow

Brian Nussbaum is a fellow in New America’s Cybersecurity Initiative.

Nussbaum is an assistant professor of homeland security and cybersecurity in the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity at the University at Albany. His research focuses on state and local government homeland security and cybersecurity efforts and issues. He is an affiliate scholar at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School and a senior fellow at The George Washington University’s Center for Cyber and Homeland Security. He is also a 2016 Military-Business Cybersecurity Fellow with the Madison Policy Forum.

Formerly, he served as senior intelligence analyst with the state of New York’s Office of Counter Terrorism. He analyzed terrorist and cyber threats at the state fusion center, the New York State Intelligence Center (NYSIC), and helped to create NYSIC's Cyber Analysis Unit. He also served as the first ever visiting professor of homeland defense at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Penn. He has a doctorate and a master’s degree in political science from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs at the University at Albany, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Binghamton University.

Ashley Podhradsky

Ashley Podhradsky

Cybersecurity Policy Fellow

Ashley Podhradsky, PhD is a fellow in New America’s Cybersecurity Initiative. Podhradsky is an associate professor of digital forensics in the Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Science at Dakota State University. She is also the program coordinator of the MS in information assurance and computer security. Her research has been published in the Journal of Digital Forensics, Security and Law, Journal of Cyber Security, America’s Conference on Information Systems, Hawaii’s International Conference on Systems Science, among others.  She has given invited speeches at several events including the Department of Justice, Google, Penn State, UC Berkeley, among other national, regional, and state organizations.

Podhradsky co-founded CybHER, an effort to increase diversity in cybersecurity. To support the efforts of CybHER, she received grants from the National Science Foundation, National Security Administration, American Association of University Women, and National Center for Women and Information Technology. One notable area of CybHER is the GenCyber Girls in CybHER Security camp, where Podhradsky is the camp director. Podhradsky volunteers her time for national and international events such as the IEEE Symposium of Security and Privacy, Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS), and Advances in Security Education (USENIX). Her work was recognized by the EmBe organization when she was selected as the 2017 Young Women of Achievement.

Podhradsky received her doctoral degree from Dakota State University where her research focused on cybersecurity models for financial institutions. During her doctoral studies, she was honored with the Anita Borg scholarship from Google. She holds a bachelor’s degree in eCommerce and computer security and master’s degree in information systems.

Devon Rollins

Devon Rollins

Cybersecurity Policy Fellow

Devon Rollins is a fellow in New America’s Cybersecurity Initiative. Rollins is very passionate about the intersection of technological innovation and public policy, particularly around online piracy and digital investigations. Professionally, Rollins serves as director of cyber threat intelligence at Capital One, where he champions security innovations across the technology enterprise to minimize risk. Rollins has accumulated 10 years of experience understanding the why behind cyber attacks and investigating what makes companies and citizens susceptible to the ploys of those who seek to do the American economy harm.

Of equal interest to Rollins is increasing the pipeline of diverse faces in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. Through his organization, STEMLY, Rollins advocates for high-quality STEM education at high schools in the nation’s capital. His work has been spotlighted in Washington Post, Technical.ly DC, AT&T’s The Bridge, and Carnegie Mellon Today.

His latest collaboration, Washington Leadership Academy, is redefining high school with a blended-learning curriculum that will ensure students are civically engaged and technically astute. It premiered in the nation’s capital in Fall 2016 and was named an XQ Super School.

Rollins is a native of Portsmouth, Va. and graduate of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and Carnegie Mellon University.

Trevor Rudolph

Trevor Rudolph

Cybersecurity Policy Fellow

Trevor H. Rudolph is a fellow in New America’s Cybersecurity Initiative. Rudolph is WhiteHawk’s chief operating officer. In this role, Rudolph is responsible for overseeing corporate strategy and business operations for WhiteHawk’s three business lines – cybersecurity exchange, advisory service, and content subscriptions. Prior to joining WhiteHawk, Rudolph was the first ever chief of the Cyber and National Security Division at the Office of Management and Budget, where he led a team at the forefront of U.S. government cybersecurity policy.

Rudolph managed the U.S. government’s 30-Day cybersecurity sprint and was the lead architect of both the Cybersecurity Strategy and Implementation Plan (CSIP) and President Obama’s Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP). Under Rudolph’s leadership, the U.S. government saw a 40 percent increase in the use of multi-factor authentication, a 50 percent reduction in the time to detect cyber incidents, and a 35 percent increase in cybersecurity spending.

Rudolph is a two-time winner of Federal Computer Week’s Fed 100 Award. He currently serves as a member of the AFCEA DC executive advisory board and the New Orchestra of Washington board of directors. Rudolph holds a bachelor’s degree in government from the College of William and Mary.

Jessica Ruzic

Jessica Ruzic

Cybersecurity Policy Fellow

Jessica Ruzic is a fellow in New America’s Cybersecurity Initiative. Ruzic is a senior information security analyst at the Conference of State Bank Supervisors, the association of state banking regulators. Ruzic closely tracks changes to state and federal regulations and manages the information security policy program, focusing on program development and risk management within the context of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework. Previously a cybersecurity policy subject matter expert at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), she’s authored numerous policies for the SEC, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Department of Transportation. Ruzic has particular interests in cybersecurity ethics, international military cooperation, and state, federal, and private industry regulations.

John Scott

John Scott

Cybersecurity Policy Fellow

John Scott is a fellow in New America’s Cybersecurity Initiative. Scott is the president of Ion Channel (www.ionchannel.io), a platform of services to provide continuous governance, risk, and compliance management of the software supply chain by ingesting, measuring, and rating software with code ecosystem data from vulnerabilities to unstructured supply chain data. Scott helped draft the U.S. Department of Defense policy for the use of open source software and is often called as an expert in this area. He founded Open Source for America, an advocacy group for wider use of open source software in government and the Military Open Source Software Working Group (http://mil-oss.org).

Max Smeets

Max Smeets

Cybersecurity Policy Fellow

Max Smeets is a fellow in New America's Cybersecurity Initiative. He is a cybersecurity fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University and holds a DPhil in international relations from the University of Oxford, St. John’s College. Smeets' current book project focuses on the causes underlying cyber proliferation and restraint. The results of this research are valuable for understanding the likely changes in the future prevalence of cyber weapons. It clarifies to what degree this is an ‘inevitable’ development—and if/how it can be stopped.

Smeets was a college lecturer in politics at Keble College, University of Oxford, and research affiliate of the Oxford Cyber Studies Programme. He was also a Carnegie visiting scholar at Columbia University SIPA and a doctoral visiting scholar at Sciences Po CERI. He holds an undergraduate degree from University College Roosevelt, Utrecht University, and an M.Phil in international relations from the University of Oxford, Brasenose College.  Smeets has a diverse professional background, having worked for financial, political, and non-governmental organizations.

More info at: maxsmeets.com. You can also follow him on Twitter @SmeetsMWE

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Allison Stanger

Scholar in Residence

Allison Stanger is a scholar in residence with New America's Cybersecurity Initiative. She is the Russell Leng ’60 professor of international politics and economics and founding director of the Rohatyn Center for International Affairs at Middlebury College. She is the author of One Nation Under Contract: The Outsourcing of American Power and the Future of Foreign Policy and the forthcoming Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Leaks: The Story of Whistleblowing in America, both with Yale University Press. She is working on a new book titled Consumers Versus Citizens: How the Internet Revolution is Remaking Global Security and Democracy’s Public Square. Stanger has published opinion pieces in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, New York Times, USA Today, U.S. News and World Report, and the Washington Post and has testified before the Commission on Wartime Contracting, the Senate Budget Committee, and the Congressional Oversight Panel. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and received her PhD in political science from Harvard University.

Bhavani Thuraisingham

Bhavani Thuraisingham

Cybersecurity Policy Fellow

Bhavani Thuraisingham, DEng, is a fellow in New America’s Cybersecurity Initiative. Thuraisingham is the Louis A. Beecherl, Jr. Distinguished Professor in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) and the executive director of UTD’s Cyber Security Research and Education Institute. She is also a visiting senior research fellow at Kings College, University of London. Her research is on integrating cyber security and data science. Prior to joining UTD she worked at the MITRE Corporation for 16 years including a three-year stint as a program director at the NSF where she was part of the cyber trust theme. Prior to MITRE, she worked for the commercial industry for six years including at Honeywell. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the IEEE CS 1997 Technical Achievement Award, the ACM SIGSAC 2010 Outstanding Contributions Award, 2013 IBM Faculty Award, 2017 ACM CODASPY Research Award, and 2017 IEEE CS Services Computing Technical Committee Research Innovation Award. She is a 2003 fellow of the IEEE and the AAAS and a 2005 fellow of the British Computer Society. She has published over 120 journal articles, 250 conference papers, 15 books, has delivered over 130 keynote addresses, and is the inventor of five patents. She co-chaired the Women in Cyber Security conference (WiCyS) in 2016. She received her earned higher doctorate degree (DEng) at the University of Bristol, England in secure data management. She will be focusing on cyber security workforce development as well as on policy issues related to cyber security analytics during her fellowship year.

Maurice Turner

Maurice Turner

Cybersecurity Policy Fellow

Maurice Turner is a fellow in New America’s Cybersecurity Initiative. Turner brings a unique mix of formal education and practical work experience in technology and local, regional, and national policy to the fellowship program. After earning a bachelor's in political science from Cal State Fullerton, he went on to earn a master’s in public administration from the University of Southern California focusing on emerging communication technologies, privacy, and civic engagement, and recently completed a graduate certificate in cybersecurity strategy at Georgetown University.

Nearly a decade of municipal management experience is complemented by numerous private-sector technology positions, fellowships, and internships. As a TechCongress Congressional Innovation Fellow, he recently served the Republican staff of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (reporting to Chairman Sen. Ron Johnson) supporting on cybersecurity issues. His previous employers include the City of Newport Beach, EarthLink Municipal Networks, Center for Democracy and Technology, Coro Foundation, United Medical Center Hospital, U.S. Department of Transportation, and Apple. Turner has been a technology enthusiast for over 30 years and is committed to leveraging new technologies to increase government effectiveness and community engagement.

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Dave Weinstein

Cybersecurity Policy Fellow

Dave Weinstein is a fellow in New America’s Cybersecurity Initiative.Weinstein is the chief technology officer (CTO) for the State of New Jersey, a newly-established cabinet post in the administration of Gov. Chris Christie. As CTO, Weinstein is responsible for the administration of the New Jersey Office of Information Technology.

Prior to this June 2016 appointment, Weinstein previously served as New Jersey’s chief information security officer and cybersecurity advisor with the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness. Outside of Trenton, Weinstein was a senior civilian at the United States Cyber Command in Fort Meade, Md., as well as a cyber risk consultant with Deloitte and Touche.

Weinstein has been recognized by Forbes as a “top 20 cyber policy expert” and his analysis and commentary have been featured in numerous media and academic publications, including the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, CNN.com, the Boston Globe, and the Huffington Post. He is an “Influencer” for the Christian Science Monitor’s security and privacy project. He is the author of the forthcoming chapter “Information Sharing at the State and Local Level,” published in Cyber Insecurity: Navigating the Perils of the Information Age (Rowan & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.).

Tarah Wheeler

Tarah Wheeler

Cybersecurity Policy Fellow

Tarah Wheeler (MS, CSM, CSD, CISSP) is a fellow in New America’s Cybersecurity Initiative. Wheeler is an information security researcher, author, entrepreneur, keynote speaker, nonprofit founder, scientist, and poker player. She is the lead author of the best-selling Women In Tech: Take Your Career to The Next Level With Practical Advice And Inspiring Stories. She has been senior director of engineering and principal security advocate at Symantec Website Security. She founded and now sits on the board of Fizzmint, an end-to-end secure HR management company. She has led projects at Microsoft Game Studios (Halo and Lips) and architected systems at encrypted mobile communications firm Silent Circle. She founded the Red Queen Group, including Red Queen Technologies and Red Queen Security, Infosec Unlocked (initiative to add diversity in infosec conference speakers), and Hack The People Foundation (nonprofit mentorship initiative focused on underprivileged people in technology). Reach her at @tarah.