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Former CIA and NSA Director, Gen. Michael Hayden, joins Georgetown University’s cybersecurity team

Georgetown University has just announced that Michael Hayden has been brought on as a senior advisor to work on cybersecurity issues. Rob Mathis of Georgetown’s Office of Communication writes:

Gen. Michael Hayden, former director of the National Security Agency has joined Georgetown University as a senior advisor to its new project that integrates law, policy and technology to tackle the issue of cybersecurity.While at Georgetown, Hayden will work alongside faculty and researchers to create viable proposals for policymakers in defending the digital domain.

“General Hayden is one of the most respected experts in national security and intelligence,” said Chester Gillis, dean of Georgetown College. “As a senior advisor to Georgetown’s cyberproject he will provide invaluable guidance and experience as we work to understand and tackle some of the most pressing issues around cybersecurity.”

“With a new set of global challenges, the realm of cybersecurity is one that must be taken up by the global community with a focus on promotion of information, preservation of civil liberties and protection of national security interests,” Hayden said.

Hayden, who retired from the Air Force after 39 years of active service and stepped down from his position as director of the CIA in February 2009, has overseen many changes within the government’s cybersecurity. In addition to his role as NSA director, he has served as commander of the Air Intel Agency, director of the Joint Command and Control Warfare Center and as a senior member of the National Security Council.

The university, a National Security Agency Center of Excellence in Information Assurance, will draw expertise from multiple areas on campus for the cybersecurity project, including the Walsh School of Foreign Service, the McDonough School of Business, the Center for Peace and Security Studies, the computer science department and other a programs within Georgetown College such as the Institute for Law, Science and Global Security.

“I am honored to have General Hayden join the Institute’s efforts at Georgetown University to confront cybersecurity challenges,” said Catherine Lotrionte, Institute for Law, Science and Global Security. “He is a highly-regarded player in this area and his contributions will be essential in moving forward with the cyberproject.”

Georgetown’s new project has led to collaborations with entities committed to securing cyberspace and protecting civil liberties — such as the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Raytheon Company, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and others.

Additionally, the university sponsored Cyber ShockWave, an exercise that brings together a bipartisan group of former senior administration and national security officials playing the roles of Cabinet members responding to a simulated cyberspace attack. Hayden developed the Feb. 16 exercise, which was held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, D.C., in collaboration with the Bipartisan Policy Center and other sponsor partners.

“It is a privilege to be working on this important endeavor in protecting America’s cyberdomain while defending personal liberties,” Hayden said. “I am looking forward to the partnership between academics, scientists and private enterprises in order to develop practical solutions to the national security challenges facing the United States now and in the future.”

I think this is an excellent development. I have had occasion to work a bit with General Hayden on aspects of this project and believe that he will make an important contribution to the work of the University.

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Anthony Clark Arend is Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University and the Director of the Master of Science in Foreign Service in the Walsh School of Foreign Service.

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