National Intelligence Officer for Cyber Issues
Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Sean Kanuck currently servers in the role of National Intelligence Officer (NIO) for Cyber Issues. Along with his staff, the NIO directs the production of National Intelligence Estimates and other intelligence products, leads the Intelligence Community in cyber analysis, and writes personal assessments of major situations and developments. He also represents the Intelligence Community on cyber issues, including briefing at National Security Staff meetings at the White House and testifying before Congressional committees.
Mr. Kanuck was appointed as the first NIO for Cyber Issues in May 2011. He came to the National Intelligence Council after a decade of experience in the CIA's Information Operations Center, including both analytic and field assignments. In his Senior Analytic Service role, he was a contributing author for the 2009 White House Cyberspace Policy Review, an Intelligence Fellow with the Directorates for Cybersecurity and Combating Terrorism at the National Security Council, and a member of the US delegation to the United Nations Group of Governmental Experts on international information security.
Prior to government service, Mr. Kanuck practiced law with Skadden Arps in New York, where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and banking matters. He is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and his academic publications focus on information warfare and international law. Mr. Kanuck holds degrees from Harvard University (A.B., J.D.) , the London School of Economics (M.Sc.) , and the University of Oslo (LL.M.).