October 21, 2015
Frank J. Cilluffo
Director, Center for Cyber and Homeland Security
The George Washington University
Frank J. Cilluffo is an Associate Vice President at The George Washington University where he leads a number of national security and cyber security policy and research initiatives. Cilluffo directs the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, is co-director of GW's Cyber Center for National and Economic Security and along with the School of Business, launched the university's World Executive MBA in Cybersecurity program.
Cilluffo is routinely called upon to advise senior officials in the Executive Branch, US Armed Services, and State and Local governments on an array of national and homeland security strategy and policy matters. He also frequently briefs Congressional committees and their staffs and has testified before Congress over 25 times at high profile hearings on counterterrorism, cyber threats, security and deterrence, weapons proliferation, organized crime, intelligence and threat assessment, as well as emergency management, border and transportation security. Similarly, he works with US allies and organizations such as NATO and Europol. He has presented at a number of bi-lateral and multi-lateral summits on cybersecurity and countering Islamist terrorism, including the UN Security Council.
Cilluffo has published extensively in academic, law, business, and policy journals, and magazines and newspapers worldwide, including: ABC News, Foreign Policy, The Journal of International Security Affairs, The National Interest, Parameters, Politico, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, USA Today, US News & World Report, The Washington Quarterly and the Washington Post. He currently serves on the editorial advisory board for Military and Strategic Affairs and routinely acts as a reviewer for other publications and for grant-making foundations.
Cilluffo serves or has served on various national security-related committees sponsored by the US government and non-profit organizations, including the Homeland Security Advisory Council, where he served as the Vice Chairman of the Future of Terrorism Task Force, chaired by Congressman Lee Hamilton. Cilluffo also served as a member of the Secure Borders and Open Doors Advisory Committee, Defense Science Board committees and summer studies, and along with Norm Augustine, chaired the first Quadrennial Homeland Security Review Advisory Council. He continues to remain active in the non-profit, educational and think tank communities serving on various committees and panels.
His current leadership positions include serving on the National Council of Advisors for the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress and as chairman of the National Consortium for Advanced Policing.
Cilluffo joined GW in 2003, establishing CCHS as a prominent nonpartisan "think and do tank" dedicated to the building bridges between theory and practice to advance US security. CCHS has hosted numerous Cabinet Members and agency directors, military and law enforcement officers, Members of Congress, diplomats, business executives and academics and has issued dozens of reports that are widely cited by media, research institutions, think tanks and governments.
Prior to joining GW, Cilluffo served as Special Assistant to the President for Homeland Security. Immediately following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Cilluffo was appointed by President George W. Bush to the newly created Office of Homeland Security. During his tenure at The White House, he was involved in a wide range of counterterrorism and homeland security strategy and policy initiatives, served as a principal advisor to Governor Tom Ridge, and directed the President's Homeland Security Advisory Council.
Before his White House appointment, Cilluffo spent eight years in senior policy positions with the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS), a Washington-based think tank. At CSIS, he chaired or directed numerous committees and task forces on homeland defense, counterterrorism, transnational organized crime, as well as information warfare and information assurance.
The Nickles Group
Don Kent, a Vice President at The Nickles Group, draws from his extensive Senate, Department of Homeland Security and private-sector leadership experience to help clients work closely and effectively with members of Congress and staff on both sides of the aisle.
Before joining The Nickles Group, Don served as Chief of Staff for Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) advising the Senator's activities on the Budget Committee, Committee on Appropriations and the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. He also served as Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs under Secretary Michael Chertoff and Senior Advisor to Secretary Tom Ridge at the Department of Homeland Security. Don started and grew several practice areas while working at Navigators Global including the homeland security and defense portfolio as well as issues related to cyber security, immigration, law enforcement, bioterrorism, transportation and technology. Don also held a series of senior roles with Senator Don Nickles during his time in the Senate.
Senior Vice President
Enterprise and Cybersecurity, ICF International
Samuel Visner joined ICF International in 2014 and has more than 35 years of experience in national security and cybersecurity work for the private sector and for the U.S. federal government. He is general manager for ICF's cybersecurity business.
Previously, Mr. Visner held executive leadership roles at CSC Global Cybersecurity, SAIC, and NSA. Mr. Visner is an associate of the National Intelligence Council and serves as an advisor to the U.S. national security community. He is also a member of the Council on Technology and Innovation of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA), INSA's Executive Committee and INSA's Cyber Council.
Mr. Visner is a frequent presenter and published writer on issues related to national and global cybersecurity, and he is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University where he teaches cybersecurity policy and operations and taught previously on the effects of information technology on international security.
Mr. Visner has a master's degree in Telecommunications from George Washington University and a bachelor's degree in International Politics from Georgetown University.