Public Launch of the Institute for Security and Technology’s Strategic Advisory Board

August 6, 2020 The brand new West Coast-based Institute for Security and Technology (IST) is honored to announce the inaugural members of its Strategic Advisory Board. The role of this group of internationally recognized experts is to supplement the day to day operational role of the IST Governance Board and provide strategic insight on security and technology trends requiring the attention and resources of The IST. To avoid focusing only on the issues of the moment, IST maintains a proactive, forward-looking posture on trends to anticipate opportunities and outpace emerging security threats. 

WHO: The inaugural members of IST’s Strategic Advisory Board are 

  • Gen. Joseph Votel (ret.), President and CEO at Business Executives for National Security (BENS), former commander of United States Central Command, United States Special Operations Command, and Joint Special Operations Command
  • Dr. Sarah Sewall, Executive Vice President, Policy, In-Q-Tel and former Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights
  • Dr. Eliot Cohen, Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
  • William Jeffrey, Chief Executive Officer, SRI International
  • Dr. Marty Hellman, Winner of the 2015 A.M. Turing Award for his role inventing public-key cryptography (with Whitfield Diffie)
  • Bruce McConnell, Interim President of the EastWest Institute
  • Leslie S. DeWitt, Senior Advisor for Dr. Martin Hellman on Rethinking National Security initiative and co-founder of Technology for Global Security 


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