2019 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 the co-author of The Internationalists: How a Radical Plan to Outlaw War Remade the World (with Scott Shapiro).

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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.

Andrew Burt

Chief Privacy Officer & Legal Engineer, Immuta; Visiting Fellow, Yale Law School

Andrew is Chief Privacy Officer & Legal Engineer at Immuta, a data management platform for data science. At Immuta, Andrew works with a team of data scientists and engineers to automate legal reasoning within big data environments. Previously, Andrew served as Special Advisor for Policy to the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Cyber Division, where he served as lead author on the FBI’s after action report for the 2014 attack on Sony, among other assignments. A former reporter, Andrew has published articles on technology, history, and law in The New York Times, The Financial Times, Slate, The Atlantic and The Yale Journal of International Affairs. His book, American Hysteria: The Untold Story of Mass Political Extremism in the United States (Lyons Press, 2015), was called “a must read book dealing with a topic few want to tackle” by Nobel laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Jen Easterly

Managing Director and Global Head of Cybersecurity Fusion Center, Morgan Stanley

Jen Easterly is a Managing Director of Morgan Stanley and Global Head of the Firm’s Cybersecurity Fusion Center. She joined the firm in February 2017 after nearly three decades in U.S. Government service. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Jen served on the National Security Council as Special Assistant to President Obama and Senior Director for Counterterrorism, where she led the development and coordination of U.S. counterterrorism and hostage policy. Prior to that, she was the Deputy for Counterterrorism at the National Security Agency. A two-time recipient of the Bronze Star, Jen retired from the U.S. Army after more than twenty years of service in intelligence and cyber operations, including tours of duty in Haiti, the Balkans, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Responsible for standing up the Army’s first cyber battalion, Jen was also instrumental in the creation of United States Cyber Command. She is the 2018 recipient of the James W. Foley American Hostage Freedom Award.


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.

Joshua Geltzer

Founding Executive Director, Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection; Visiting Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

Joshua Geltzer serves as the founding Executive Director of the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection as well as Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center. He is also an ASU Future of War Fellow at New America. Geltzer served from 2015 to 2017 as Senior Director for Counterterrorism at the National Security Council staff, having served previously as Deputy Legal Advisor to the National Security Council and as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for National Security at the U.S. Department of Justice. He also served as a law clerk to Justice Stephen Breyer of the U.S. Supreme Court and, before that, as a law clerk to Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is the author of US Counter-Terrorism Strategy and al-Qaeda: Signalling and the Terrorist World-View, published by Routledge; and his work has appeared in The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, Parameters, Politico, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, the Journal of Constitutional Law, the Berkeley Journal of International Law, and the Washington Post.


Susan Hennessey

Fellow in National Security in Governance Studies, Brookings Institution

Susan Hennessey is Fellow in National Security in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution. She is the Managing Editor of the Lawfare blog, which is devoted to sober and serious discussion of "Hard National Security Choices.” She focuses on national security issues surrounding cybersecurity, surveillance, federal terrorism prosecutions, and congressional oversight of the intelligence community. Prior to joining Brookings, Ms. Hennessey was an attorney in the Office of General Counsel of the National Security Agency. At the NSA, she advised operational elements on matters relating to Information Assurance and Cybersecurity and represented the Agency on cybersecurity legislation and related executive actions.

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Adam S. Hickey

Deputy Assistant Attorney General, National Security Division, U.S. Department of Justice

Adam S. Hickey is a Deputy Assistant Attorney General (DAAG) of the National Security Division (NSD) at the Department of Justice (DOJ). He oversees the Counterintelligence and Export Control Section (CES), including the FARA Registration Unit, and the Foreign Investment Review Staff. As the DAAG for National Asset Protection, he manages NSD’s efforts to combat national security threats to the private sector from computer intrusions and attacks, economic espionage, proliferation, malign foreign influence, and through foreign investment. Mr. Hickey also represents DOJ on interagency policy committees concerning cybersecurity.


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.


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 co-authored 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. 

Matt Tait

Senior Cybersecurity Fellow, Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law, University of Texas at Austin

Matt Tait is a senior cybersecurity fellow at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the University of Texas at Austin. Previously he was CEO of Capital Alpha Security, a consultancy in the UK, worked at Google Project Zero, was a principal security consultant for iSEC Partners, and NGS Secure, and worked as an information security specialist for GCHQ.


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.

Additional speakers to be announced soon!