The 5x5Nov 29, 2023
The 5×5—Veteran perspectives on cyber workforce development
By Simon Handler, Nitansha Bansal
In honor of National Military Veterans and Families Month, a group of veterans discuss their transitions from the military to the cyber workforce and suggest ways to improve the process for others.
Nitansha Bansal is an assistant director with the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative within the Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab).
Prior to joining the Council, Bansal worked with the Government and Public Affairs team of Open Source Elections Technology Institute, where she created a visual dashboard for enhancing transparency in US elections. Previously, she worked as a research associate with the Takshashila Institution, a think tank in India at the intersection of space and cybersecurity policy, and advised members of parliament in India on multiple legislative, economic, and policy issues.
Bansal holds a masters in public administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Her course of study was concentrated on cyber espionage, cybersecurity and business risk, misinformation and disinformation, social media policy, deepfakes, and trust and safety. Originally from New Delhi, India, she speaks Hindi and Rajasthani.