Melissa Hathaway is a leading expert in cyberspace policy and cybersecurity. She serves as a Senior Fellow and a member of the Board of Regents at Potomac Institute for Policy Studies and is a Senior Advisor at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. She also is a Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Canada and was appointed to the Global Commission for Internet Governance (Bildt Commission). She served in two Presidential administrations where she spearheaded the Cyberspace Policy Review for President Barak Obama and led the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative for President George W. Bush. She developed a unique methodology for evaluating and measuring the level of preparedness for certain cybersecurity risks, known as the Cyber Readiness Index. She publishes regularly on cybersecurity matters affecting companies and countries.


July 25, 2014

"Taking Control of Our Cyber Future"

Journal Article, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs

By Melissa Hathaway, Senior Advisor, Project on Technology, Security, and Conflict in the Cyber Age and John Stewart

In our current state of cybersecurity, breach, crime, disruption, and destruction are growing in unacceptable ways. Key indicators suggest that we are not making enough progress and in fact, are possibly going backwards. This paper proposed four actions to start taking right now.

Demchak 2011s Chris Demchak is a subject-matter expert on the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies’ Cyber Readiness Index project. Her research areas are digital resilience, cyber conflict and the structures and risks of cyber space. She designed a digitized organization model known as “Atrium” that helps large enterprises respond to and accommodate surprises in their systems. She is also the author of Wars of Disruption and Resilience: Cybered Conflict, Power and National Security.


Comfort, Louis, Boin, Arjen, and Demchack, Chris. "Designing Resilience: Preparing for Extremem Events" (University of Pittsburgh, September 2010).

Demchack, Chis. "Wars of Disruption and Resilience: Cybered Conflict, Power, and National Security" (September, 2011)

JennyMcArdleS Jennifer McArdle is a Fellow in the Center for Revolutionary Scientific Thought at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. Her academic research focuses on cyber warfare, information warfare, and Asian geopolitics. She is currently a PhD candidate at King’s College London in the War Studies department.


"Why the U.S. -China Cyber Spying Ban Will Inevitably Fail,” The National Interest (November 1, 2015)

"Hardware Security in the U.S.-Indian Cyber Dialogue,” The National Interest (June 30, 2014)

“Rethinking Property in the Digital Era,’’ The National Interest (May 5, 2014)

“Indo-U.S. Cybersecurity Cooperation,’’ Seminar Magazine (March 1, 2014)

Francesca Spidalieri is a subject-matter expert at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies’Cyber Readiness Index Project. She also serves as a Senior Fellow for Cyber Leadership at the Pell Center, at Salve Regina University. Her academic research and publications have focused on cyber leadership development, cyber risk management, cyber education and awareness, and cyber security workforce development. She has published a Pell Center report, entitled “State of the States on Cybersecurity,” that applies the Cyber Readiness Index 1.0 at the US State level.


"State of the States on Cyber Security,"

"One Leader at a Time: The Failure to Educate Future Leaders for an Age of Persistent Cyber Threat,"

"Joint Professional Military Education Institutions in an Age of Cyber Threat,"

Professionalization of Cybersecurity: A Path to Universal Standards and Status,”

Jason Kerben is a subject-matter expert on the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies’ Cyber Readiness Index project. He also serves as senior advisor to multiple Departments and Agencies in matters related to information security and cyber security. In particular, he focuses on legal and regulatory regimes that impact an organization’s mission. He develops methodologies and approaches to assess and manage cyber security risk and advises on the implementation of continuous diagnostics and mitigation, training and awareness, incident detection, and contingency planning.


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