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 International where he leads the firm’s strategic consulting practice. He is also an Affiliate of Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) and a Distinguished Fellow with the Observer Research Foundation in India.  Previously, Sean was Chair of the Research Advisory Group for the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace and Director of Cyber, Space and Future Conflict at the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

Sean served as the first U.S. National Intelligence Officer for Cyber Issues from 2011 to 2016 after a decade of experience in the CIA’s Information Operations Center, including both analytic and field assignments.  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.

Sean holds degrees from Harvard University (A.B., J.D.), the London School of Economics (M.Sc.), and the University of Oslo (LL.M.).  He currently teaches graduate courses at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs and George Mason University’s Law School on the security implications of artificial intelligence and ethics in national security law, respectively.  His academic publications focus on cyber security, information warfare, international law, and more recently, the peaceful and ethical use of emerging technologies.