Melissa Hathaway is a CIGI distinguished fellow, and is contributing to the Global Security & Politics Program’s research on Internet governance.

Melissa is president of Hathaway Global Strategies LLC, where she brings a multi-disciplinary and multi- institutional perspective to strategic consulting and strategy formulation for public and private sector clients. She is also a senior advisor to Project Minerva, a joint cyber security project by the Department of Defense, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Harvard University, where it is based at the Belfer Center.

Melissa has worked as a cyber security adviser to US Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, and is the former acting senior director for cyberspace at the National Security Council and former advisor to the Director of National Intelligence. In the Obama Administration, she led the Cyberspace Policy Review and during the last two years of the administration of George W. Bush, she served as Cyber Coordination Executive and Director of the Joint Interagency Cyber Task Force where she led the development of the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative.

Melissa has a B.A. degree from The American University in Washington, D.C., and is a graduate of the U.S. Armed Forces Staff College, with a special certificate in Information Operations.



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    Cyber Readiness Index 1.0
    Paper Science Technology and Public Policy Program Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs Harvard Kennedy School

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