Sean Kanuck

Sean Kanuck is Director of Future Conflict and Cyber Security at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). Sean has advisesd governments, financial institutions, law firms, and entrepreneurs. As an internationally recognized expert and visionary leader with over 20 years of experience in the cyber field, he has led national-level programs and worked directly with many international organizations. Sean specializes in the nexus between technology, law, and security, and he regularly gives keynote addresses for global audiences on a variety of cyber topics, ranging from risk analysis to identity intelligence to arms control.

Sean served as the first National Intelligence Officer for Cyber Issues from 2011 to 2016. He came to the National Intelligence Council after a decade of experience in the Central Intelligence Agency’s Information Operations Center, including both analytic and field assignments. In his Senior Analytic Service role, he was a contributing author for the 2009 White House Cyberspace Policy Review, an Intelligence Fellow with the Directorates for Cybersecurity and Combating Terrorism at the National Security Council, and a member of the United States delegation to the United Nations Group of Governmental Experts on international information security. Prior to government service, Sean practiced law with Skadden Arps in New York, where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and banking matters.

Sean holds degrees from Harvard College (A.B. in Government & Philosophy), Harvard Law School (J.D.), the London School of Economics (M.Sc. in International Relations), and the University of Oslo (LL.M. in Public International Law). He has been appointed as a Distinguished Fellow by the Observer Research Foundation in India and a Distinguished Visiting Fellow by the Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Sean is also a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and his academic publications focus on international law and information warfare.

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