Sean Kanuck

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Sean Kanuck

Sean Kanuck

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Sean Kanuck is an international attorney and professional intelligence analyst who advises governments, corporations, and entrepreneurs on the future of information technology. Sean is the Founder and CEO of EXEDEC LLC where he leads the firm’s strategic consulting, corporate training, and advisory practice. He is also Chair of the Research Advisory Group for the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace and an adjunct faculty member of George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs where he teaches a graduate seminar on the security implications of artificial intelligence.

Sean served as the first U.S. National Intelligence Officer for Cyber Issues from 2011 to 2016. In that capacity, he led strategic cyber analysis (including incident attribution) for the U.S. Government and testified to Congress on many occasions. Sean 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 U.S. 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. He has also held several academic appointments including: Director for Cyber, Space & Future Conflict at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (London, UK); Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution; Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Nanyang Technological University (Singapore); and Distinguished Fellow with the Observer Research Foundation (New Delhi, India).

Sean holds degrees from Harvard University (A.B., J.D.), the London School of Economics (M.Sc.), and the University of Oslo (LL.M.). His academic publications focus on cyber security, information warfare, international law, and more recently the peaceful and ethical use of emerging technologies.