New AtlanticistJan 28, 2020
The 5×5—The 2010s: A cyber decade in review
By Simon Handler
The past ten years have, among other things, witnessed the most-costly cyberattack on record, the discovery of a computer worm capable of wreaking physical destruction, and USCYBERCOM’s elevation to unified combatant command status. As we turn the page to 2020, we’re looking back to recap the most significant, overblown, and emergent cyber incidents of the decade.
Megan Stifel was a nonresident senior fellow with the Cyber Statecraft Initiative at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security. She is also senior policy counsel with the Global Cyber Alliance and the founder of Silicon Harbor Consultants, which provides strategic cybersecurity operations and policy counsel. Prior to founding Silicon Harbor Consultants, she was an attorney in the National Security Division at the US Department of Justice (DOJ).
She most recently served on detail as a director for international cyber policy in the National Security Council at the White House. In this role she developed and implemented policies in connection with Internet governance, cybersecurity, and cybercrime. In particular, Megan developed and coordinated the interagency process culminating in the US government’s March 2014 announcement regarding the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, developed the first ever interagency international cyber capacity building data call, supported the government’s response to the unauthorized disclosures of intelligence programs, and participated in multiple bilateral and multilateral engagements. She also contributed regularly to information sharing, privacy, and critical infrastructure protection policy development.
Prior to the White House, Megan worked at the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS). At CCIPS she collaborated with law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute computer crime cases, including identity theft, network intrusion, and malware distribution.Megan previously served as the director for cyber policy at NSD, where she coordinated the Division’s policy and legal analysis in connection with the 2009 Cyberspace Policy Review (CSPR) and the 2008 Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative, cyber-related legislative proposals, cybersecurity investigations, cyber operations, and the telecommunications supply chain. She was a member of the interagency group that developed the 2011 International Strategy for Cyberspace and the CSPR. Megan joined DOJ in 2006; she initially prepared applications under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and provided legal and policy guidance to the Intelligence Community and Department of Defense.
Prior to DOJ, Megan was an associate at Sutherland. She counseled clients on compliance with sanctions programs, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, anti-boycott laws, and foreign investment review. As a law student she served as legal intern for DOJ’s Office of Intelligence Policy and Review (now the Office of Intelligence). Prior to law school Megan worked on Capitol Hill, including two years with the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. She received her JD from Indiana University and her BA in International Studies and German magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame.