Cybersecurity represents one of the most pressing challenges that the United States will face in the coming decades. Ensuring continued economic prosperity and defense readiness requires improving the security of the computing devices, systems, and networks that have become essential to the nation’s commerce and defense. Moreover, the United States has at its disposal powerful offensive capabilities in cyberspace—how can and should it use these capabilities in support of national interests? These and other cyber issues are important, complex, and here to stay. Scholars at the Hoover Institution research these very issues, and frequently participate in events at the Institution and across Stanford University that bring together other scholars, policy makers, and industry leaders to examine the many facets of the challenges at hand.
HOOVER SCHOLARS ON CYBERSECURITY
AMY ZEGART – Dr. Zegart is the Davies Family Senior Fellow and Associate Director for Academic Affairs with the Hoover Institution, as well as Co-director for Stanford’s Center on International Security and Cooperation. Zegart’s research examines organizational development, adaptation, and innovation in national security policy. Zegart holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University and is a recognized authority on the U.S. Intelligence Community.
MICHAEL MCFAUL – Amb. McFaul is a professor of political science, director and senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Affairs, and the Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. McFaul’s cyber related works stems from his previous government roles as the former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russian and Eurasian Affairs at the National Security Council, and the former Ambassador to Russia. McFaul hold a doctorate from Oxford University.
HERB LIN – Is the Senior Research Scholar for Cybersecurity at CISAC and a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution. His research interests are on offensive operations in cyberspace as instruments of national policy. Dr. Lin is also the Chief Scientist, Emeritus for the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academies, where he served from 1990 through 2014. Prior to his NRC service, he was a professional staff member and staff scientist for the House Armed Services Committee 1986-1990. Lin holds a doctorate in physics from MIT.
ABRAHAM SOFAER – Is the George P. Shultz Distinguished Scholar and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. Sofaer’s work focuses on the power over war within the U.S. government and on issues related to international law, terrorism, diplomacy, and national security. Sofaer is a former U.S. district judge for the Southern District of New York. From 1985 – 1990 he served as a legal adviser to the U.S. Department of State. Sofaer’s most recent work on cybersecurtiy, “Managing the Cyber Security Threat ,” can be viewed on this link.
TIM JUNIO – A Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution and an Affiliate with CISAC. Dr. Junio’s research is on information technology and national security, where he focuses comparative fieldwork on how the U.S., South Korea, and Taiwan produce and project cyber power. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and has worked on cybersecurity strategy for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, RAND Corporation, and the U.S. Intelligence Community.
JOHN VILLASENOR – Prof. Villasenor is a Hoover Institution National Fellow, CISAC Affiliate, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Public Policy at UCLA, and Vice Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council. Villasenor’s research considers the broader impacts of key technology trends including the move to the cloud, the globalization of technology product design and manufacturing, advances in digital communications and electronics, and the increasing complexity of today’s networked systems. Prior to joining UCLA, Professor Villasenor worked with NASA JPL and received a Ph.D. from Stanford University.