2018 Speakers

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The distinguished speakers teaching the Yale Cyber Leadership Forum are thought leaders and innovators of cyber security. Drawing from Yale’s own renowned Law School as well as from leadership positions in government and industry, these individuals collectively offer an essential set of strategies and principles to guide our institutions, governments, and businesses, and societies.

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Oona A. Hathaway

Forum Director; Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law, Yale University

Oona A. Hathaway is also Professor of International Law and Area Studies at the Yale University MacMillan Center, on the faculty at the Jackson Institute for International Affairs, and Professor (by courtesy) of the Yale University Department of Political Science. She is a member of the Strategic Planning Committee of the American Society of International Law and the Advisory Committee on International Law for the Legal Adviser at the United States Department of State. In 2014-15, she took leave from Yale Law School to serve as Special Counsel to the General Counsel for National Security Law at the U.S. Department of Defense, where she was awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence. Her current research focuses on the foundations of modern international law, the intersection of U.S. constitutional law and international law, the enforcement of international law, and the law of armed conflict. She is a principal investigator on a recent grant awarded by Hewlett Foundation to study cyber conflict. She has published more than twenty-five law review articles, including The Law of Cyber-Attack, and she is currently finishing a book, The Internationalists: How a Radical Plan to Outlaw War Remade the World (with Scott Shapiro), which will be published by Simon & Shuster in 2017.

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Jim Boehm

Director of Solution Delivery, Cyber Solutions, McKinsey & Company

A former military officer and National Security Project Manager, Jim has extensive experience in computer network operations and agile development of cyber analysis software.


Richard Domingues Boscovich

Assistant General Counsel, Digital Crimes Unit, Microsoft

As Senior Attorney on Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit, Richard Boscovich leads a team of investigators focused on malicious code and spyware enforcement cases. Based in Redmond, Wash., the team actively analyzes all forms of malware such as botnets, malvertising , scarware and click fraud. His work in the field includes the legal strategies used in the take downs of the Waledac, Rustock and more recently, the Kelihos bot-nets.  In addition to analyzing malicious code, the team actively pursues partnerships with others in the industry, as well as law enforcement agencies, and academics in the field.


Austin Berglas

Head of Cyber Forensics, BlueVoyant

Austin Berglas comes to BlueVoyant as Head of Cyber Forensics and Incident Response after building and leading the Cyber Defense practice at K2 Intelligence. Prior to K2 Intelligence, he served 22 years in the U.S. Government. Austin was the Assistant Special Agent in charge of the FBI’s New York Office Cyber Branch. There, he oversaw all national security and criminal cyber investigations in the agency’s largest cyber branch, and was awarded the FBI Director’s Award for Excellence in a Cyber Investigation. Prior to the FBI, Austin achieved the rank of captain in the U.S. Army.


Betsy Cooper

Cybersecurity Researcher, UC Berkeley

Before her role at UC Berkeley, Betsy served the Department of Homeland Security, as an attorney advisor to the Deputy General Counsel, and as a policy counselor in the Office of Policy. Betsy, a graduate of Yale Law School, previously clerked for Berkeley Law professor and Judge William Fletcher on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford's Center for International Security and Cooperation, as well as a Yale Public Interest Fellowship. Prior to her arrival at Berkeley, Betsy worked for over a decade in homeland security consulting, managing projects for Atlantic Philanthropies (Dublin, Ireland), the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit in London, the World Bank, and a number of other think tanks. Betsy is also the author of over twenty manuscripts and articles on US and European immigration and refugee policy, and her book manuscript Europe's Security Solution: Can Immigrant Integration Really Prevent Terrorism? is currently under review. In addition to her law degree, Betsy holds a DPhil in Politics from Oxford University, an M.Sc. in Forced Migration from Oxford University, and a B.A. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University. 


Joan Feigenbaum

Grace Murray Hopper Professor of Computer Science, Yale University 

Joan Feigenbaum is the Grace Murray Hopper Professor of Computer Science at Yale University. She received a BA in Mathematics from Harvard and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford. Between finishing her Ph.D. in 1986 and starting at Yale in 2000, she was with AT&T, where she participated very broadly in the company's Information-Sciences research agenda, e.g., by creating a research group in Algorithms and Distributed Data, of which she was the manager in 1998-99. Professor Feigenbaum's research interests include security, privacy, anonymity, and accountability; Internet algorithmics; and computational complexity. While at Yale, she has been a principal in several high-profile activities, including the DHS-funded Pri-Fi Project, the DARPA-funded DISSENT project, and the NSF-funded PORTIA project. Her current and recent professional activities include service as the Department Chair of the Yale Computer Science Department (July 2014 through June 2017), Program Chair of the 2013 ACM Symposium on Theory of Computing, and membership on the Editorial Board of Theory of Computing Systems and the Steering Committee of the NetEcon Workshop. Professor Feigenbaum is a Fellow of the ACM, a Fellow of the AAAS, a Member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering, and a Connecticut Technology Council Woman of Innovation. In 1998, she was an invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians.



Partner, McKinsey & Company

James Kaplan has deep expertise on how enterprises can benefit from maximizing the use of their infrastructure and is a core member of the team tackling IT security issues. He leads McKinsey's capabilities in global IT infrastructure and cybersecurity, helping large institutions to implement cyber-security strategies, conduct cyber-war games, optimize enterprise infrastructure environments, and exploit cloud technologies.  Jamesis co-author of the book Beyond Cybersecurity:  Protecting Your Digital Business (Wiley, 2015). 


Ido Kilovaty

Research Scholar in Law; Cyber Fellow, Center for Global Legal Challenges; and Resident Fellow, Information Society Project

Ido Kilovaty is a Research Scholar in Law, a Cyber Fellow at the Center for Global Legal Challenges, and a Resident Fellow at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. His current research is at the intersection of technology, law, and society, with a focus on cybersecurity. His specific areas of research include contract law, cybersecurity law, privacy law, national security law, and international law. His article on election interference through cyberspace – “Doxfare – Politically Motivated Leaks and the Future of the Norm on Non-Intervention in the Era of Weaponized Information” is forthcoming at the Harvard National Security Journal (Spring 2018). Kilovaty’s recent scholarship includes - "NATO, ICRC, and the U.S. –Direct Participation in Hacktivities under International Humanitarian Law” (Duke Law & Technology Review); "World Wide Web of Exploitations—Peacetime Cyber Espionage under International Law" (Columbia Science & Technology Law Review); "Virtual Violence: Disruptive Cyber Operations as 'Attacks' under International Humanitarian Law" (Michigan Telecommunications & Technology Law Review). Ido’s work also appeared on Lawfare, Just Security, WIRED, and TechCrunch. At Yale Law School, Kilovaty is running and developing a cross-disciplinary project on cyber conflict, which brings together lawyers, policymakers, and technology experts to engage in a constructive discourse on the current state of affairs on cybersecurity law. The project is a collaboration between Yale Law School and Yale University’s Department of Computer Science. The aim of the project is to bridge the gaps between the legal and technical aspects of cybersecurity. Kilovaty works on this project with Professors Oona Hathaway (YLS), Scott Shapiro (YLS), and Joan Feigenbaum (Yale CS). Ido earned his LL.B. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, an LL.M. from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, and an S.J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.

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Elena Kvochko

Chief Information Officer, Security Division, Financial Service/Banking Industry

Elena Kvochko is a security and technology expert and business operations executive. Currently, she is Chief Information Officer, Group Security Division in the financial services and banking industry. Her focus is on delivering the highest degree of privacy and security that can protect clients and employees globally. She has worked to develop a new holistic security model that can scale to protect from threats regardless of their nature, enable cross-channel and cross-products visibility. Previously, she worked in technology and security at the World Economic Forum and the Word Bank working with executives, CEOs and global government leaders to implement new security and technology standards. Elena is a member of the Wall Street Journal CIO Council. Her work appeared in Forbes, Harvard Business Review, was featured by The Wall Street Journal and multiple industry media. She was a keynote speaker at the leading industry meetings. Elena was named ‘Top 100 CIOs’ by CIO Magazine, was part of Fortune Magazine's ‘Most Powerful Women - International’, ‘Leading CIOs Who Happen to be Female’ by CIO Magazine, ‘Best Cybersecurity Team of the Year’ by SC Magazine and ‘Best Banking and Financial Services Team of the Year’. Elena Kvochko is a Certified Information Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH). She holds a Masters degree with the focus on technology policy from the University of Massachusetts and an executive certificate in Managing Complex Technical Projects from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In her personal pursuits, she is an aspiring  mountaineer and a private pilot.


Richard Ledgett

Former Deputy Director, National Security Agency

Richard Ledgett was the former Deputy Director of the U.S. National Security Agency and the former  Director of the cybersecurity portfolio for the Director of National Intelligence. He previously led the Media Leaks Task Force, the NSA’s response to the Snowden leaks and the NSA’s 24/7 cyber threat operations center.


Susan Landau

Bridge Professor, Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy and School of Engineering, Department of Computer Science, Tufts University

Susan Landau works at the intersection of cybersecurity, national security, law, and policy. She has testified before Congress, written for the Washington PostScience, and Scientific American, and frequently appears on NPR and BBC. Her previous positions include senior staff privacy analyst at Google, distinguished engineer at Sun Microsystems, and faculty member at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Wesleyan University.


Andrea Matwyshyn

Professor of Law, Northeastern University

Dr. Andrea M. Matwyshyn is an academic and author whose work focuses on technology and innovation policy, particularly information security, consumer privacy, intellectual property and technology workforce pipeline policy. Professor Matwyshyn received a US-UK Fulbright Commission Cyber Security Scholar award in 2016-2017. In addition to her appointment on the law faculty, she is a professor of computer science, and co-director of the law school’s Center for Law, Innovation, and Creativity (CLIC). She is also a faculty affiliate of the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School and a visiting research collaborator at the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University, where she was the Microsoft Visiting Professor of Information Technology Policy during 2014-2015. 


Sean O'Brien

Visiting Fellow, Yale Law School

Sean O'Brien is a researcher and Visiting Fellow at Privacy Lab, an initiative of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School.  Sean has expertise in cybersecurity, privacy, and mobile device forensics, and is the Asst. Director for Technology at Yale Office of International Students & Scholars. 
See https://webio.me and https://privacylab.yale.edu for examples of his security and privacy work.


Asha Rangappa 

Senior Lecturer, Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Yale University; CNN Analyst, and Former Special Agent, FBI

Asha Rangappa is director of admissions and a senior lecturer at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, where she teaches National Security Law and related courses. Asha graduated from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University in 1996, and from Yale Law School in 2000. In between, she was a Fulbright Scholar in Bogota, Colombia, where she studied Colombian constitutional reform and its impact on U.S. drug policy in the region. Following law school Asha served as a law clerk for the Honorable Juan R. Torruella, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She then joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a Special Agent, specializing in counterintelligence investigations in New York City from 2002 until 2005. Prior to joining Jackson, Asha was Associate Dean at Yale Law School.


Jim Rosenthal

Co-Founder and CEO, BlueVoyant

Jim Rosenthal is a co-founder and CEO of BlueVoyant. He was the Chief Operating Officer of Morgan Stanley until 2017. At Morgan Stanley, he was responsible to the CEO and the Board of Directors for Cybersecurity. Jim is the recipient of the 2017 Critical Infrastructure Protection Award from the Financial Services Information sharing and Analysis Center. He is the co-Chairman of Sheltered Harbor, a consortium of major banks, securities firms, industry associations, and technology service providers with the mission of preserving systemic confidence in the event of a cyberattack. He is the past Chairman of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, and has chaired its Cybersecurity Committee from 2014-2017.


Scott Shapiro

Charles F. Southmayd Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy, Yale Law School

Scott Shapiro is currently teaching the Law, Technology, and Policy of Cyber Conflict course with Professors Joan Feigenbaum and Oona Hathaway, and is a co-investigator on a grant from the Hewlett Foundation supporting cutting edge research on the law and technology of cyber conflict. He and Oona Hathaway are currently working on “The Internationalists: How a Radical Plan to Outlaw War Remade the World,” a history of international law as it has evolved from the 17th century through the present. He joined the Yale Law faculty in July 2008 as a professor of law and philosophy. 

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Matthew Spence

Managing Director, Guggenheim Partners, and Visiting Faculty Fellow, Yale Center for Global Legal Challenges

Matthew Spence served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Middle East Policy from 2012 to 2015. Spence was the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense and Undersecretary of Defense for Middle East policy, including Iraq, Syria, Iran, Israel, Egypt, and the Gulf states. He also served on Secretary of Defense Ash Carter’s confirmation and transition team. Spence received the Secretary of Defense Award for Outstanding Public Service. From 2009 to 20012, Spence worked at the White House on the National Security Council as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for International Economic Affairs and as Senior Advisor to two National Security Advisors. 


Marc Sorel

Associate Partner & General Manager, McKinsey Cyber Solutions

Marc serves as a U.S. Navy Reserve Information Warfare Officer. Previously, as a civil servant Marc worked for the U.S. Departments of State, Defense, and Homeland Security, and the United Nations in the US, Austria, Israel, and the West Bank. He has published with the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, The Yale Globalist, The Baltimore Sun, and others on matters of national security and foreign policy. Marc is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a non-resident fellow of the Georgetown Center on National Security and the Law.He holds a B.A. in History with distinction from Yale, and a J.D.-M.S.F.S. joint degree from Georgetown University, with distinction in the M.S.F.S. program at the Walsh School of Foreign Service, where he served as a Teaching Assistant to former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright.

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Michael Sulmeyer

Cyber Security Project Director, Belfer Center, Harvard Kennedy School

Dr. Michael Sulmeyer recently concluded several years in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, serving most recently as the Director for Plans and Operations for Cyber Policy.  He was also Senior Policy Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy. In these jobs, he worked closely with the Joint Staff and Cyber Command on a variety of efforts to counter malicious cyber activity against U.S. and DoD interests.


Edward Wittenstein

Director of International Relations & Leadership Programs, Yale Office of International Affairs

Edward (“Ted”) Wittenstein works in partnership with faculty, deans, and other key university administrators to advance a wide range of Yale initiatives around the world. He also serves as Executive Director of Yale’s Johnson Center for the Study of American Diplomacy, a program of the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs in collaboration with International Security Studies and the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy, founded upon the donation of Dr. Henry Kissinger’s papers to Yale. A Lecturer in Global Affairs, Ted teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on intelligence, cybersecurity, and national security decision-making. Ted is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School. Before returning to work for Yale, Ted held a variety of positions at the Department of Defense, Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and the Department of State.

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Aleksandr Yampolskiy

Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Security Scorecard, Inc. 

Dr. Aleksandr Yampolskiy is a co-founder and CEO of SecurityScorecard, the leading security risk benchmarking company. Previously he was a CTO of Cinchcast and BlogTalkRadio. BlogTalkRadio is the largest online radio network averaging over 40 million visitors a month. Prior to Cinchcast, Alex was Head of Security and Compliance at Gilt Groupe companies, responsible for all aspects of IT infrastructure security, secure application development, and PCI compliance. Before that he worked at Goldman Sachs, Oracle, and Microsoft, where he was a lead technologist building large-scale, performant enterprise software focused on IDM, SSO, authentication, and authorization. He’s been cited in New York Times, ComputerWorld, Observer, and other media. He’s a published author and speaks regularly on security and software development processes.