Governance & Risk Management

Hathaway Joins Kennedy School as Senior Adviser

Ex-White House Aide to Focus on International Cybersecurity Initiatives
Hathaway Joins Kennedy School as Senior Adviser
Melissa Hathaway, the National Security Council official who led President Obama's 60-day review of federal cybersecurity policies and processes, has joined Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs as a senior adviser to its cybersecurity initiative, the center announced Tuesday.

Hathaway's work at Belfer will focus on developing a better understanding of the policy gaps in international relations as they relate to cybersecurity. She will publish at least two papers and plans to contribute to classes at Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Law School. Hathaway started at the Belfer Center on Oct. 1.

"The United States must take a broader and more active leadership position abroad to drive the future security of this global infrastructure and help galvanize the establishment of norms of behavior in cyberspace," Hathaway said in a statement announcing her appointment. "There are at least 20 international venues that are determining the future of the information communications infrastructure. Our nation needs to determine what it collectively needs and wants - and find ways to foster public and private shared goals."

At the White House, Hathaway served as acting senior director for cybersecurity at the National Security Council. From February through May, she headed a team that explored the current cybersecurity stance of the federal government, and afterward convened policy meetings that began work against each of the top 10 recommendations contained in the Cyberspace Policy Review. The review culminated with a presidential speech made last May outlining the administration's cybersecurity policy, which included the creation of a White House cybersecurity coordinator. Hathaway's name appeared the top of many lists for the post, which remains unfilled. She resigned from government service in August.

Previously, Hathaway served as cyber coordination executive and director of the Joint Interagency Cyber Task Force within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence from March 2007 to February 2009. There, according to the Belfer statement, she built a broad coalition from within the executive branch under Presidents Bush and Obama, developing a cybersecurity strategy covering unprecedented scope and scale that facilitates improvements for the United States to secure and defend its critical national infrastructures. She developed and created a unified cross-agency budget submission for fiscal years 2008 and for 2009-13, assembling disparate funding sources into a coherent, integrated program. One of the single largest intelligence programs of the Bush administration, the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative, has been carried forward by the Obama Administration.

Hathaway holds a bachelor of arts degree from American University and has completed graduate studies in international economics and technology transfer policy, and is a graduate of the US Armed Forces Staff College, with a special certificate in Information Operations.

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Eric Chabrow

Eric Chabrow

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Chabrow, who retired at the end of 2017, hosted and produced the semi-weekly podcast ISMG Security Report and oversaw ISMG's GovInfoSecurity and InfoRiskToday. He's a veteran multimedia journalist who has covered information technology, government and business.

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