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Matt Olsen

Matt Olsen is participating in the Berkman Klein Center's Cybersecurity Project, helping to lead the project, along with Jonathan Zittrain and Bruce Schneier. The project is engaging in a clean-slate review of the role of the intelligence community in cybersecurity.

Olsen has worked for over two decades as a leading government official on national security, intelligence, and law enforcement issues.

Appointed by the President to serve as the Director of the National Counterterrorism Center, Olsen led the government's efforts to integrate and analyze terrorism information and coordinate counterterrorism activities from 2011 to 2014.

Prior to joining NCTC, Olsen was the General Counsel for the National Security Agency.  Olsen also served at the Department of Justice in a number of leadership positions and as a federal prosecutor.

Olsen is co-founder of IronNet Cybersecurity, a technology firm based in Washington, D.C, where he leads business development and strategy.  In addition, Olsen is a lecturer at Harvard Law School, and is a national security analyst for ABC News.


Feb 1, 2016

Don't Panic: Making Progress on the "Going Dark" Debate

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Oct 27, 2017 @ 11:00 AM

National Security, Privacy, and the Rule of Law

Live webcast at 11-12:30pm at While civil libertarians and conventional national… More