MPF Military-Business Cybersecurity Fellowship


The MPF Military-Business Cybersecurity Fellowship (originally “Military Business Dialogue”) has developed into one MPF’s top programs.  The fellowship brings together active duty military officers, private sector leaders, and public officials for the period of one year.  Each annual class consists of nine to twelve participants who are early to mid-career (fellows must be under 40 years of age when they enter the program.)  Our fellows come from a variety of career fields:  the National Security Agency, Cyber Command, Goldman Sachs, Congressional Staff, Office of the Secretary of Defense, NYPD Intelligence, Operational Military Cyber Units, JP Morgan, Treasury Department, RedOwl Analytics, and Good Harbor Consulting.  

The Cybersecurity Fellows meet about six times over the course of the year, including day-long intensives focused on the financial sector and the military’s approach to cyber security.  Director of the Fordham Center on National Security and MPF Senior Advisor Karen Greenberg and Viola Foundation Executive Director Tim Strabbing co-facilitate these sessions, which often include visiting experts whose unique experiences and perspectives illuminate discussion.  The Cybersecurity Fellows also to dive deeper into sector-specific cybersecurity challenges through group trips to financial institutions in New York City and the Army Cyber Institute at West Point. 


Cybersecurity Conference 

In April 2015, MPF and Fordham’s Center on National Security co-hosted an all-day cybersecurity conference entitled “Threats, Profits, and Security:  Today’s Cyber Challenges.”  The conference featured keynote speakers like Mr. Richard Clarke and Mr. Michael Morell, as well as a number of MPF fellows.

For more on the conference, including video and transcripts of speakers, visit the Fordham Center on National Security's website





Sam Adelsberg

Sam Adelsberg is currently a Special Counsel at the FBI focusing on cyber issues. Before that, Sam served as a law clerk for the Honorable José A. Cabranes of the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Previously, he was the Special Advisor to the Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, David Cohen. Sam also served as a Special Assistant to the Chief Prosecutor for the Military Commissions, Brigadier General Mark Martins. Before his government service, Sam bridged his interest in conflict resolution and development by co-founding, the first web portal enabling individuals to lend directly to vetted micro-entrepreneurs in the Middle East. He has previously worked for the Clinton Foundation, former Senator Joseph Lieberman (ID-CT), and the Department of Justice. Sam received his J.D. from Yale Law School after graduating summa cum laude with Phi Beta Kappa honors from the University of Pennsylvania. At Penn, he studied Modern Middle East Studies and Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Among other publications, Sam has written for the New York Times, the Atlantic, Politico, the Harvard Law and Policy and Review, and other publications.


Michael Brizendine

Mike Brizendine is currently the team leader for the cyber threat analysis team within the Goldman Sachs Security Incident Response Team. His responsibilities include the identification and analysis of threat actor tactics, techniques, and procedures to generate actionable intelligence that can prevent and mitigate potential threats to the firm’s infrastructure. Previously, Mike worked as a consultant and led teams of analysts investigating deep web threats for both government and commercial customers. He is a graduate of the George Washington University with an M.A. in Criminal Justice and earned his B.A. in Government from Wesleyan University. Mike also holds Project Management Professional (PMP), GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH), and Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH) certifications.


Charlie Lewis

A Cyber Operations Officer, Major Charlie Lewis currently serves as the Chief of the Cyber Leader College at the U.S. Army Cyber School. Commissioned in the Field Artillery, he served as Fire Support Officer to Company Commander with 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division. Most recently, he taught as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Sciences at USMA, serving as Department Executive Officer his last year. His military education includes the Army’s Ranger, Airborne, Air Assault, Pathfinder, and Combat Diver schools, along with the Joint Advanced Cyber Warfare Course – Georgia (JACWC-G) and the Army Cyberspace Operations Planners Course (ACOPC). Charlie is a 2004 graduate of the United States Military Academy and holds a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University. He is married to the former Marie Cicerelle, also a 2004 USMA graduate.


Jonathon Monken

Jonathon Monken is the Vice President of U.S. Operations for the Electric Infrastructure Security (EIS) Council. In this capacity he works with government and industry to develop best practices and capabilities to improve the resilience of life support infrastructure systems to widespread, longduration power outages, known as “Black Sky” events. Mr. Monken has broad ranging experience in the areas of defense, homeland security, public safety and emergency management. During the past several years he pioneered programs for critical information sharing, public and private sector integration and large-scale exercise development and execution.

Most recently Mr. Monken served as Director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) from February of 2011 to January of 2015 where he oversaw Illinois’ disaster preparedness and response, nuclear safety and homeland security programs, as well as the agency’s 225+ employees and a budget of more than $425 million. In this capacity, he also served as the Illinois Homeland Security Advisor to the Governor. At IEMA, Mr. Monken directed the response and recovery effort to a wide variety of disasters including flooding, blizzards, and tornadoes.

Prior to becoming IEMA director, Monken served for two years as Acting Director of the Illinois State Police, an agency with a staff of 3,400 sworn and civilian personnel and an annual budget of approximately $428 million. Jonathon also possesses a distinguished military career having served as an armor officer for one tour of duty in Kosovo and two combat tours in Iraq between January 2003 and December 2006. While serving with the United States Army, Major Monken was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Army Commendation Medal with “V” Device for valor in combat. He is currently serving in the Army Reserves supporting the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Monken earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and holds a Masters in Business Administration from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.


Micaela McMurrough

Micaela R.H. McMurrough is an attorney in the Litigation Department of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. Her practice focuses on antitrust, intellectual property, and M&A deal litigation. Ms. McMurrough was born in Newtown, Connecticut. She graduated with Honors from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1998, received an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Oklahoma in 2001, and received a J.D. magna cum laude from Cornell Law School in 2007, where she was Book Review Editor for the Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif.

Prior to attending law school, Ms. McMurrough served as a Military Intelligence Officer in the United States Army. As a Lieutenant, she was a platoon leader and Company Executive Officer for the 66th Military Intelligence Group in Darmstadt, Germany, and Pristina, Kosovo. Ms. McMurrough became a Captain in 2002 and served as the Assistant Chief of Intelligence Operations for the 10th Mountain Division. In 2003, she deployed to Bagram, Afghanistan as the Brigade Intelligence Officer for the 10th Aviation Brigade. Ms. McMurrough received a Bronze Star Medal for her service in Afghanistan. Ms. McMurrough joined Cravath as a summer associate in 2006. Following her law school graduation, she served as a law clerk to the Hon. Paul A. Crotty, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and to the Hon. Dennis Jacobs, former Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She returned to Cravath in 2009. In 2015, Ms. McMurrough was named as a Presidential Leadership Scholar. She completed the program with a focus on issues concerning national security and the intelligence community. She resides in New York City.


Brian Nussbaum

Brian Nussbaum is an Assistant Professor of Public Administration at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs at the State University of New York at Albany, where he teaches about homeland security, terrorism, intelligence, and cyber threats. He is also an affiliate scholar at the Center for Internet and Society (CIS) at Stanford Law School and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security (CCHS) at George Washington University. He previously served for almost a decade as an intelligence analyst and risk analyst with the New York State Office of Counter Terrorism (OCT), and served as the first ever Visiting Professor of Homeland Defense at the United States Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Brian received his BA in political science from Binghamton University, and his MA and PhD in political science from the University at Albany.


Blake Rhoades

CPT Blake Rhoades is a member of the Army Cyber Institute's Analysis Cell and an Instructor of International Relations in the Department of Social Sciences. From 2012-2013, he was the company commander of the Army's first Cyber National Mission Team at the 780th MI Brigade in Ft. Meade, MD, and has deployed twice as a signals intelligence platoon leader in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He holds an M.S. in Information Security Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University and a B.A. (Political Science) from the University of Alabama . His research interests include the application of IR theory to the cyber domain, cyber norm building, cybersecurity, vulnerability analysis, and foreign policy.


Alexander Sand

Alexander currently serves as Counsel in the Capital Markets Division of the New York State Department of Financial Services where he is a senior member of DFS’s cybersecurity and virtual currency teams. He co-leads several of DFS’s initiatives related to cybersecurity and virtual currency in addition to working on investigations related to improper practices within the spot foreign exchange market. Prior to joining DFS, he was an Associate at Shipkevich PLLC where he advised clients seeking to register with the CFTC regarding regulatory requirements arising under the Dodd-Frank Act. He also worked on investigations related to residential mortgage-backed securities, indenture trustees, and insurance pricing at the New York State Office of the Attorney General. Alexander received a B.A. in History from Stony Brook University, and a J.D., cum laude, from Hofstra University School of Law, where he was an editor of the Hofstra Law Review.


Justin Shafer

Justin Shafer is a Network Defense Manager for the Cyber National Mission Force. His past assignments include Network Engineer in the 3rd Infantry Division and US Army Africa, and as an Infantry Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer in the 10th Mountain Division. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science with a Field of Study in Chinese from the United States Military Academy, and is pursuing an M.S. in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger School, Airborne School, Air Assault School, and Command and General Staff School.


Margaret Smith

Maggie Smith currently serves as an Analysis and Production SubElement Team Lead within the 781st Military Intelligence Battalion (Cyberspace Operations) and the Cyber National Mission Force. She also serves as the Pat Tillman Foundation's Regional Foundation Captain for Washington DC-Metro Region. She originally enlisted in the US Army Signal Corps in 2004 and pursued a commission through the Army's Green to Gold Program attending Georgetown University's McCourt School of Public Policy to earn a masters degree in defense and intelligence policy with a focus on cyber. During her time at McCourt, she was named her class's Whittington Scholar, a Pat Tillman Foundation Military Scholar, and a Women in Defense HORIZONS Scholar. She is a trained senior watch officer, cyberspace operations planer, and offensive cyberspace operations mission commander. Maggie is the proud mother of a seven year old daughter, Emily and is a competitive runner and Spartan racer for the Army.


Husain Suterwala

Husain Suterwala is currently working as a senior analyst with the NYPD Intelligence Bureau, managing investigations and serving as a subject matter expert on counterterrorism threats related to the Middle East and South Asia. As a lead analyst in the Cyber Intelligence Unit, he is responsible for monitoring the social media presence of extremist organizations. Husain has briefed foreign leaders, parliamentarians, NATO commanders, and law enforcement executives, discussing the use of social media by extremist groups. Prior to joining the NYPD, Husain worked as a consultant for several federal agencies. Husain holds a JD in Islamic Law and Jurisprudence from Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah, a BA in International Relations from American University, and a Master’s degree in Arabic from the University of Maryland. While in graduate school, Husain served as a National Security Education Program Fellow for two years, during which he spent a year living in Syria and attending graduate classes at Damascus University. Husain possesses advance fluency in Arabic, Urdu, Hindi, Gujarati, and intermediate Persian.


Dan Trimble

Dan Trimble has a unique background at the nexus of technology, geopolitics, and industry. He has been a consultant, advisor, and senior manager in high-tech product development, marketing, and government affairs for Fortune 1000 and startup companies for 25 years. As a US Coast Guard reserve officer, he specializes in disaster response and intelligence. He most recently served in the intelligence community as a cyber threats team lead, cyber threats branch chief, and deputy officer-in-charge of several missions. As a civilian, Dan is president and chief executive officer of bitLens, a global cyber policy research and advisory firm emphasizing policy, risk prevention/mitigation, and public/private partnerships. He served as a 2016 Madison Fellow on Cybersecurity with the Madison Policy Forum in New York. A student of international affairs, government, and international business, Dan has studied at the National Intelligence University, the Naval War College, the Joint Staff College, and Golden Gate University. A 6th generation Californian, he and his family live in eastern Silicon Valley. He enjoys traveling, cooking, and is a published photographer.


John Yaros

John Yaros currently serves as an Intelligence Analyst at the U.S. Department of the Treasury focusing on issues involving terrorist finance, financial crimes and cybersecurity. John was formerly an Analyst with the Government Accountability Office where he provided Congress with analysis on cyber threats to the American banking system. Prior to joining the government John spent several years working in the financial services industry with Morgan Stanley’s Private Wealth Management (PWM) Division, which provides financial advice for individuals and families with more than $20 million in investable assets. There he assisted PWM advisors in developing customized solutions and tailored wealth management strategies for their clients. John earned his M.A. in Government and Politics, with a focus on international relations, from St. John’s University, and holds a B.A. in Political Science and a Minor in Italian from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell.


Anjali Dalal

Anjali Dalal is currently clerking on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.  She has spent time in government as an Advisor to the Chief Technology Officer as well as in academia as a Resident Fellow of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School.  In these capacities she has focused her time on the nexus between protecting national security and preserving civil liberties.   Anjali received her B.A. in Philosophy and B.S. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and her J.D. from Yale Law School.


Johanna Franco

Johanna is a Cyber Mission Team Lead currently assigned to 782nd Military Intelligence Battalion, Fort Gordon, GA.  Prior to this assignment, she served as a Computer Network Operations and Intelligence Planner as part of the Army Intelligence Development Program-Cyber (AIDP-C), 781st Military Intelligence Battalion, Fort Meade, MD.  She holds a Bachelors in Criminal Justice degree from the University of Texas at El Paso.  Her military education includes: Airborne Course, Military Intelligence Officer Basic Course and Advanced Course, Joint Network Attack Course (JNAC), Joint Advanced Cyber Warfare Course (JACWC), and Army Intelligence Development Program-Cyber (AIDP-C).


Eliot Jung

Eliot Jung is currently an Executive Director at JPMorgan Chase & Co. and the Team Leader for the Strategic Threat Intelligence team within the Global Cyber Security Services.  Prior to joining JPMorgan Chase, Mr. Jung served as a Foreign Service Officer and as an Advisor for the United States Department of State and was posted to Asia, the Middle East, and New York.  His other professional experiences include starting an international education consulting company and working in capital markets at State Street Corporation.  Mr. Jung received his Masters in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School and his Bachelor of Arts from Colby College.  A former United States Fulbright Scholar, Mr. Jung is fluent in Korean, proficient in Japanese, and conversational in Chinese Mandarin.


Miles Seiver

Miles Seiver is researching computer science at Stanford University, where he was recently awarded the Dinkelspiel Award for exceptional contributions to the University.


Rock Stevens

Rock currently serves as a Technical Advisor within the 781st Military Intelligence Battalion (Cyberspace Operations). He graduated with honors from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2007 with a degree in Computer Science. He recently completed 34 months of company command; 18 of the past months were within the U.S. Army's Offensive Cyberspace Brigade. He is a lifelong student of the information technology and cyber security fields, earning his first certification as a network administrator at the age of 15. He is a trained cyber mission team leader, exploitation analyst, malware analyst, network warfare cyber planner, and offensive cyberspace operations mission commander. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger School, Airborne School, Air Assault School, Survival School (SERE-C), and an Honor Graduate of Pathfinder School.


Jonathan Tabb

Jonathan serves as an Intelligence Analyst and Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) focusing on financial crimes and money laundering in cyberspace.  He co-chairs FinCEN’s Intelligence Division Cyber Working Group. Before joining FinCEN, Jonathan was a Senior Consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton. There he managed cyber threat information sharing and industry engagement projects for U.S. government clients. He also led several public-private partnership efforts as a Manager and Senior Researcher for the Homeland Security & Defense Business Council. Jonathan has published articles on cybersecurity, information sharing, and counterterrorism for the Rand Corporation and Previously, he held positions with TechAmerica and the U.S. Department of State. Jonathan is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service with an M.A. in Security Studies and earned two B.A.’s from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in Political Science and History with honors. He is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH).


Ryan Tate

Major Ryan Tate is currently serving as the director of training and education for the US Army Cyber School at Ft Gordon, GA. Major Tate was commissioned as a Military Intelligence Officer from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2003 and earned his Master of Science in Computer Science from Duke University in 2011. His assignments include Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at West Point, NY, Senior Intelligence Officer for the 101st Sustainment Brigade and 326th Combat Engineer Battalion, Platoon Leader and Assistant Brigade Intelligence Officer in the 4th Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, and Intelligence Officer of 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry. He is a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College, the Military Intelligence Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, and the Air Assault School. His academic interests include intelligence and computer systems and networks and computer and network security.


Josh Wasserman

Josh Wasserman is a member of the Technology Risk Advisory team at Goldman Sachs and is globally responsible for the Vendor Technology Risk program. Responsibilities include program strategy and oversight of security related vendor activities such as vendor information security due diligence, public cloud security and federated authentication. Josh graduated from Northwestern University in June 2011 with degrees in Computer Engineering and Economics.


Jacob Wells

Jake Wells is a senior analyst and team leader with the NYPD Intelligence Bureau where he manages cyber investigations and research into web-based recruitment efforts by foreign terrorist organizations.  Previously, Jake worked as an analyst for the SITE Intelligence Group, providing deep web threat analysis for clients in the private and public sectors, and studied Arabic in the Middle East.  His research interests include network forensics, privacy and anonymity on the web, and data localization.  Jake received an MA from Columbia University, where he focused on security and international affairs, and a BA from Emory University.


Nicole Becher

Nicole is an experienced information security professional specializing in application security, penetration testing and computer forensics.  Currently, she serves as a cyber security specialist for the New York State Department of Financial Services.  At DFS, she works on a variety of projects including assessing the cyber readiness of financial institutions and recently participated in the public hearings regarding Bitcoin and virtual currencies.  Nicole is also an Adjunct Instructor at New York University, teaching courses on offensive and defensive computer security, intrusion detection, web application security and computer forensics.  Her research interests include malware analysis, cryptography, hardware programming, web application security, cyber crime and cyber laws. Nicole is a contributor to the OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project) community and wrote vulnerable software for the “capture the flag” contest at AppSecUSA 2013. Nicole holds a Bachelors in Chemistry from SUNY Albany, a professional certification in Global Affairs from NYU. She is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional.  Additionally, Nicole is a marathon runner, holds a black belt in Hapkido and is currently studying Muay Thai.

Javier Botero

Javier Alberto Botero is a New York-based film producer, working with Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney ("Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room"). Most recently, Botero was Associate Producer of the acclaimed documentary "We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks," which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and was distributed worldwide by Focus World.  Before working in documentaries, he founded and operated a video game market research company, where he consulted for publishers such as EA and Capcom. He studied Philosophy at Yale University.

Jason Crabtree

Jason currently serves as a Technical Advisor and member of the Strategic Initiatives Group at U.S. Army Cyber Command.  He is a complex adaptive systems aficionado with a strong background in modeling, simulation, and data analysis who is currently focused at the nexus of cyber security and critical infrastructure. Jason is a 2008 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point where he was selected as the First Captain and Brigade Commander of the Corps of Cadets and elected as a Rhodes Scholar (Washington and Magdalen). He completed his M.Sc.(R) in Engineering Science at the University of Oxford before leading infantry troops in Afghanistan in 2012.  He is also a graduate of  the U.S. Army Ranger School, Sapper Leader Course, Airborne School, the Asymmetric Warfare Group Adaptive Leader Program, and an Honor Graduate of Pathfinder School. Jason serves as a periodic contributor and consultant for global strategic analysis and geopolitical risk management firms and has been an invited participant in a number of energy and security related events in the United States and United Kingdom, specializing in technology, defense, and energy challenges.

Katherina Dimenstein

Katherina is a Legislative Assistant in the office of Congressman David Schweikert (R-AZ) where her issue portfolio includes healthcare, transportation & infrastructure, cybersecurity, and veteran’s issues.  She is the staff representative for the Space, Science and Technology Subcommittee on Research and Technology.  Furthermore, Katherina worked to establish the Congressional Task Force on Valley Fever, of which Congressman Schweikert is a cofounder along with Majority Whip McCarthy.  Before joining the office of Congressman Schweikert she worked for The Marymont Group, an executive retained search firm for the aerospace and defense industry.  Previously she has worked as a researcher for a non-profit dealing with foreign affairs as well as an architectural firm in Beijing, China.  Katherina received her bachelors of liberal arts and sciences, as well as a bachelors of fine arts, from Iowa State University’s College of Liberal Arts and College of Design, respectively.  She most recently finished the U.S. Air Force’s Air Command Staff College as a civilian.

Yusuf Hussain

Yusuf Hussain is a member of the Business Information Risk team at Goldman Sachs and globally responsible for the Vendor Technology Risk program. Responsibilities include program strategy and oversight of security related vendor activities such as vendor information security due diligence, public cloud security and federated authentication.  Yusuf joined Goldman Sachs in 2011 as a Vice President. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Yusuf was a Manager at Ernst & Young in their Information Security Advisory practice. Yusuf earned a B.S. in Computer Science from CUNY’s Macaulay Honors College.

Nadine King

Nadine is a major in the U.S. Army, and is currently the Operations Officer of the 782nd Military Intelligence Battalion at Fort Gordon, Georgia.  The 782nd is the Army's second battalion that is purpose-built to conduct full-spectrum operations in cyberspace. Prior to this assignment, Nadine served as a Fellow in the Junior Officer Cryptologic Career Program at the National Security Agency.  Tactically, Nadine commanded a special mission unit in Iraq which provided Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Terminal Guidance to the Brigade Combat Team (BCT) Commanders in Iraq.  Additionally, Nadine served as an Aide-de-Camp to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Multi National Forces - Iraq.  Operationally, Nadine deployed to Afghanistan as the Officer-in-Charge for the Real Time - Regional Gateway (RT-RG) providing National to Tactical collection capability.  Strategically, Nadine served as a cyber liaison officer to the Director of Intelligence for Partner Engagement at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence where she led an initiative to educate stakeholders and increase information sharing between government and private sector partners; ultimately, gaining concurrence for a concept of operations that facilitated information sharing.  Nadine graduated with distinction from Morgan State University, where she earned a Bachelor's of Art degree in English/Journalism.  Additionally, Nadine earned her Master's of Business Administration from the University of Maryland.   

Peter Marta

Peter is Assistant General Counsel for Global Cybersecurity Policy at JPMorgan Chase.  In this role, he provides legal advice and policy analysis to the firm’s Cyber Threat and Intelligence team and the Information Technology Risk Leadership committee.  Prior to joining the firm, Peter worked for the State Department and practiced law at a large firm in New York.  Peter earned a JD from Harvard Law School in 2003 and a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from the College of William and Mary in 1998.

Jennifer Salter

Dr. Jennifer Salter is the Senior Intelligence Publications Manager for a Wall Street firm.  Previously, Salter spent seven years as a counter terrorism analyst in the U.S. Intelligence Community, covering the Middle East.  She holds a Ph.D. in Government, with a specialization in International Relations and Middle East Politics, from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.A. in Political Science and Middle East Studies from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.  Prior to her government service, Salter worked with two non-profits in Little Rock, Arkansas, focusing on children’s education and policy issues.   

Ben Sangster

Major Benjamin (Ben) F. Sangster is the branch chief for Tactics, Capabilities, and Requirements in the Operations Directorate of the United States Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) at Fort Meade, Maryland.  Major Sangster was commissioned as an officer in the U. S. Army Signal Corps in 1999 as a distinguished military graduate of the ROTC program at Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina.  He graduated magna cum laude with a B. S. in Computer Information Systems.  Major Sangster earned his M. S. in Computer Science from Clemson University in 2007.   Major Sangster’s various assignments include Fort Hood (Texas), Camp Ederle (Vicenza, Italy), The United States Military Academy at West Point, and Camp Arifjan (Kuwait).  At West Point, Major Sangster taught in the Electrical Engineering & Computer Science department.  During his tenure, he helped guide the West Point Cyber Defense Exercise team to victory over the other service academies three out of four years from 2007-2010.  Major Sangster will be moving to the Plans and Policy Directorate of USCYBERCOM in the summer of 2014.

Michael Sechrist

Michael Sechrist is a Vice President for Threat and Vulnerability Management at State Street Corporation.  Previously, Michael was the Project Manager for Harvard Kennedy School’s Explorations in Cyber International Relations (ECIR) initiative, a joint Harvard-MIT project funded by the DoD.  At Harvard’s Belfer Center, he had also worked as an Associate and Research Fellow.  Prior to that, he served in various positions within the U.S. government, including as deputy associate director at the White House, special assistant to an Under Secretary at the Department of State, and special assistant to an Under Secretary at the Department of Defense.  He received his M.P.P. from Harvard Kennedy School, where he was a U.S. Department of Homeland Security Fellow. He received his B.S., magna cum laude, from Northeastern University and studied as a Hansard Scholar at the London School of Economics.

Evan Sills

Evan is a cybersecurity analyst at Good Harbor Security Risk Management.  He supports Good Harbor's activities working with venture capitalists, cybersecurity technology companies, and organizations in a range of sectors looking to improve their own cybersecurity.  Previously, Evan was the Editor and Rapporteur for the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security's "A Playbook for Cyber Events."  This publication is intended to serve as a guide for legal and cybersecurity professionals dealing with cyber threats and focuses on the interplay between the legal, operational, and technical issues required for successful preparation for and response to a cybersecurity incident.  Evan has also served as a Legal Fellow at The George Washington University's Cyber Security Policy & Research Institute, and completed an internship with the Department of Justice, National Security Division.  Evan earned his Bachelor of Arts at The George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs, and later his Juris Doctor from The George Washington University Law School.

Michael Sulmeyer

Michael Sulmeyer is Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy, where he focuses on a strategy, planning, international, and legislative issues. Previously, he worked on arms control and the maintenance of strategic stability between the United States, Russia, and China. While on a Marshall Scholarship, Michael received his doctorate in Politics from Oxford University, and his dissertation "Money for Nothing: Understanding the Termination of U.S. Major Defense Acquisition Programs" won the Sir Walter Bagehot Prize for best dissertation in government and public administration. He received his JD from Stanford University and MA in War Studies from King's College London.

Brendan Welter

Brendan Welter is a Vice President in the Risk Division of Credit Suisse.  He is currently the head of Technology Risk Management Governance for the Americas region.  He is based in New York. Prior to joining Credit Suisse, Brendan was with NERA Economic Consulting and Oliver Wyman Group serving in a number of roles ranging from overseeing information and technology risk management to leading operational security.  Brendan earned his BS from Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business and his MS, with distinction, from New York Institute of Technology’s School of Engineering and Computing Sciences.  Brendan lives on the north shore of Long Island and is originally from Boston, Massachusetts.

Victoria Woodbine

Victoria Woodbine is the cyber policy lead in the Foreign and Security Policy Group at the British Embassy in Washington DC, a position she assumed in September 2012. Victoria is responsible for tracking the development of US policy and practice and its subsequent implications for transatlantic and international cooperation on cyber. Using her post at the Embassy Victoria supports multinational engagement and the numerous Departments included in the UK’s National Cyber Security Programme from both a security and prosperity aspect. Prior to this Victoria held the position of Private Secretary in the Home Office and Cabinet Office working with the UK Ministers responsible for cyber amongst other topics.


David Chang

David is a native of Philadelphia, PA and held numerous military assignments to include platoon leader and company commander at Fort Bragg, NC and 2nd Infantry Division, South Korea. David then served as an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at United States Military Academy, West Point, NY. He is currently assigned at Fort Meade, MD, where he served as the operations and executive officer of the 781st MI Battalion (Army Network Warfare Battalion) and Deputy Office Chief for the National Security Agency's Data Network Technologies and Telecommunications Network Technologies Offices. David's education and certifications include- Joint Advanced Cyber Warfare Course, Joint Network Attack Course, and Computer Network Operations Planners Course. He holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from University of Pennsylvania and he is also a licensed Professional Engineer and Certified Information Systems Security Professional.

Stephenie Gosnell Handler

Stephenie is an associate attorney in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.  She focuses her practice primarily on transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and corporate governance.  In addition, she practices in the area of international trade regulation, including economic sanctions and export controls.  She is a member of the New York City Bar Association’s Military Affairs and Justice Committee, and Co-Chair of the Sub-Committee on Cyberspace. Stephenie graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy, where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Political Science.  She holds a Master’s of Arts degree in National Security Studies from Georgetown University.  She earned her Juris Doctor from Stanford Law School.

Stephenie served as an active duty officer in the U.S. Marine Corps for seven years.  As a logistics officer, she was assigned to ground and aviation units in the U.S. and Okinawa, Japan, where she deployed throughout the Far East.  Stephenie also served as a regional affairs officer, and deployed to Iraq as a special assistant for political-military affairs for the Multi-National Security Transition Command–Iraq and NATO Training Mission-Iraq. 

Stephenie left active duty service to attend law school.  At Stanford, she continued her interest in rule of law development as a member of the Afghanistan Legal Education Project, writing and editing legal textbooks and curricula that are currently being used by Afghan universities as well as by coalition personnel.  She was a graduate fellow at the Stanford Center on International Conflict and Negotiation. Stephenie also worked for the Legal Advisor of the Presidency at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.  Her research interests include the applicability of the laws of war to cyberspace operations.

Scott Handler

Scott is a major in the U.S. Army, and is currently the Executive Officer of the 782nd Military Intelligence Battalion at Fort Gordon, Georgia.  The 782nd will be the Army's second battalion that is purpose-built to conduct full-spectrum operations in cyberspace.   Prior to this assignment, Scott served as an assistant professor in the social sciences department at West Point, where he taught courses on international relations, national security strategy, and cyber policy and strategy.  

Tactically, Scott commanded a military intelligence company based in Colorado, led an infantry scout platoon inside the DMZ as part of the UN Command Security Battalion-Joint Security Area, Panmunjom, and was the primary and assistant intelligence officer in two light infantry battalions.  Operationally, Scott served as Special Assistant to two Commanding Generals in charge of the Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq and the NATO Training Mission-Iraq, which included facilitating an assessment of the Afghan Security Forces.  Strategically, Scott served as Special Assistant to the Senior Leadership Team that created the U.S. Cyber Command. 

Scott is a distinguished graduated from the U.S. Military Academy with a Bachelor's of Science in American politics.  He received a Degree Fellowship to the East-West Center in Honolulu and holds a Master's of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Hawaii.  Additionally, Scott earned a Doctorate of Philosophy in political science from Stanford University, completing his dissertation on state-building in conflict-torn environments as a Fellow at Stanford's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies' Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law.

Rob Harrison

Rob is an Instructor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the U.S. Military Academy (USMA) at West Point and a Major in the United States Army.  Prior to the joining the Faculty at USMA, Rob served as a communications officer defending Army computer networks in support of conventional and special operations forces through three combat deployments to Iraq.  Rob graduated from USMA in 2003 with a BS in Computer Science and earned an MSE at Princeton University in 2011 also in Computer Science.  Rob's research explores a next-generation network technology called Software-Defined Networking, the programming interfaces used to build them, and how this new technology affects cyber operations.

Nick Hegarty

Nick is an Investment Professional in the Investment Management Division of Goldman Sachs. Before joining Goldman, Sachs & Co. in 2005, Nick worked for 10 years in the U.S. Government as a Weapons System Acquisition Officer and an Intelligence Officer.  Nick received his MBA, Beta Gamma Sigma, from the University of Dayton, his JD from the Seton Hall University School of Law and his BS in Management from the U.S. Air Force Academy.  Nick is a Fellow of the Truman National Security Project, a Board member of Special People United to Ride, a Housing Committee member of AutismSpeaks, and a Mentor with American Corporate Partners.

Jamil N. Jaffer

Jamil currently serves a senior Senate staffer and as an Adjunct Professor at the George Mason University School of Law and at the National Intelligence University. Jamil has previously served as Senior Counsel to the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence of the United States House of Representatives, in the White House as an Associate Counsel to the President, handling Defense Department, State Department, and Intelligence Community matters, as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General in the National Security Division of the United States Department of Justice, and as Counsel in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Policy, as well as in private practice at Kellogg Huber, a Washington, DC-based trial litigation firm. Jamil holds degrees from UCLA, the University of Chicago Law School, and the United States Naval War College.  While in law school, Jamil served as an editor of the University of Chicago Law Review, Managing Editor of the Chicago Journal of International Law, and National Symposium Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy.  Jamil also served as law clerk to Judge Edith H. Jones of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and Judge Neil M. Gorsuch of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Shawn Lonergan

Shawn recently started a PhD program in Political Science at Columbia University. Prior to this assignment he was assigned to the National Security Agency where he served as a Deputy Division Chief in the NSA's Tailored Access Operations. Following a 15 month deployment to Iraq in 2008 he was recruited to help the Army stand up its first Cyber unit. In this provisional battalion he served as a Cyber planner for two Combatant Command Cyber exercises as well commanded two of the unit's cyber operations companies. CPT Lonergan is a 2005 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and upon completion of his time at Columbia will be assigned as an instructor in the Department of Social Sciences at West Point. His research interests include state interaction in cyberspace, cyber ethics, international cyber law, and cyber security.

George Salmoiraghi

George has worked for the United States Government for the past ten years in a variety of policy and intelligence related positions. Since 2008, he has worked with the U.S. Department of State providing analysis of strategic and tactical information related to Sunni extremism and extremist groups in the Middle East and South Asia, with a primary focus on al-Qa'ida senior leadership and strategic communication as well as reporting on transnational issues and political developments in the Middle East and Europe. Working for the Central Intelligence Agency from 2002-2008, he produced high quality intelligence on issues deemed of paramount interest to U.S. policy makers and leveraged CIA'sengagement with outside organizations.  He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Richmond.  He is an an inactive member of the Virginia Bar.  Mr. Salmoiraghi has been following and writing about cyber issues since Y2K.   He is married, with two wonderful sons, all of whom live in Virginia.

Miro Vassilev

Miro is a New York-based global macro investor focusing on geopolitical risk. Previously, he was an investment professional with Goldman Sachs in Europe and with a US special-situations investment fund focusing on privatizations, restructuring and spin-offs globally. Vassilev graduated with an MPP in International Security Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, where he was Harvard Kokkalis Fellow and co-president of the Social Enterprise Club. He also received an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School, where he was Social Impact Management Fellow as well as Fellow at the Mack Center for Technological Innovation. Vassilev is an honors graduate of Oxford University, where he was British Chevening Fellow and George Soros Scholar. He is currently a Truman National Security Fellow and Carnegie Council New Leader.

Ian Wallace

Ian is the Visiting Fellow in Cybersecurity in the Brookings Institution’s Center for 21st Century Security & Intelligence ( He was previously a senior official at the British Ministry of Defense (MOD) where he helped develop UK cyber strategy as well as the UK’s cyber relationship with the United States. His research is focused on the international dimensions of cybersecurity policy, including the implications of cyber for military forces and the appropriate roles of the public and private sectors.