Scott Handler

Cybersecurity Policy Fellow

Scott Handler is a fellow in New America’s Cybersecurity Initiative. Handler is the chief information security officer and head of partnerships at WireWheel—a privacy tech company that helps companies manage their data privacy practices and comply with data regulations. As a White House Fellow, he served as special advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. He served in a variety of command and staff positions during 22 years as an Army officer, including as a professor and director of international relations at West Point and second-in-command of a cyber battalion, that he helped create and grow from 20 to over 450 persons tasked with 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 was senior advisor to the Commander, U.S. Cyber National Mission Force, special assistant to the senior leadership team that created U.S. Cyber Command, and special assistant to two commanding generals of the Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq. 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 a French-American Foundation board member and was a Council on Foreign Relations term member.