Rob Knake

Senior Research Scientist

Company: Northeastern University


Rob Knake is a Senior Research Scientist at Northeastern University’s Global Resilience Institute and a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Rob served from 2011 to 2015 as Director for Cybersecurity Policy at the National Security Council. In this role, he was responsible for the development of Presidential policy on cybersecurity, and built and managed Federal processes for cyber incident response and vulnerability management.

Before joining government, Rob was an International Affairs Fellow-in-Residence at the Council on Foreign Relations where he completed the manuscript for Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do About It and authored the Council Special Report “Internet Governance in an Age of Cyberinsecurity”. He has testified before Congress on the problem of attribution in cyberspace and written and lectured extensively on cybersecurity policy.

He holds a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and undergraduate degrees in history and government from Connecticut College and is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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