IISS appoints US intelligence veteran as director for future conflict and cyber security

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Sean Kanuck brings White House experience to role.

The International Institute for Strategic Studies has strengthened its research into cyber security with the appointment of a new senior director.

Sean Kanuck, who served as the United States’ first National Intelligence Officer for Cyber Issues from 2011 to 2016, joined the IISS in July. He also spent ten years working at the CIA’s Information Operations Center and at the White House advising on cyber security and combating terrorism.

He has taken over the role of Director of Future Conflict and Cyber Security from Nigel Inkster, who will continue to work as Senior Adviser to the IISS.

Mr Kanuck said: “I am delighted to join IISS as its Director of Future Conflict and Cyber Security. IISS is a world-recognised leader in military and defence analysis whose expertise is sought by governments and industry alike. I look forward to helping build its cyber programme into the premier resource for innovative, strategic thinking on the implications of advanced technology for international conflict.

He will be based at the IISS office in Washington DC.

Mark Fitzpatrick, Executive Director for IISS-Americas, said: “I am delighted that Sean will be joining us. He has more than 20 years of experience in the cyber field specialising in the nexus between technology, law and security.”

Sean began his career practicing law in New York with the firm Skadden Arps, specialising in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and banking matters.  He holds degrees from Harvard University (AB, J.D), the London School of Economics (MSc), and the University of Oslo (LLM).

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About the International Institute for Strategic Studies:

The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) is a world-leading authority on global security, political risk and military conflict. Founded in 1958, the IISS promotes the development of sound policies that further global peace and security, and maintain 'civilised' international relations. The IISS is renowned for its extensive global research and publications including its annual assessment of the world’s armed forces (The Military Balance) and active armed conflicts (The Armed Conflict Survey and Armed Conflict Database), its leading annual assessment of global affairs, Strategic Survey: The Annual Review of World Affairs and seminal work on nuclear deterrence and arms control, as well as emerging geopolitical and geo-economic trends. The IISS is also renowned for its security summits, including the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue (The Asian Regional Security Summit) and IISS Manama Dialogue (The Middle East Regional Security Summit). The IISS has offices in London, Washington DC, Bahrain and Singapore.

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