Winnona DeSombre Bernsen is a nonresident fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative under the Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) and an MPP/JD Candidate at Harvard Kennedy School and Georgetown Law. She was formerly security engineer at Google’s Threat Analysis Group, tracking targeted threats against Google users. In recent years, Bernsen has organized policy content at DEFCON and has authored multiple pieces on offensive cyber capability proliferation.

Her research has also been featured in publications including Foreign Policy, VICE’s Motherboard, and CyberScoop. Bernsen is a vocal advocate for women in cyber security: when not ruminating on cyber policy, she spends her time volunteering for Women in Security and Privacy, and has taught courses on cyber security, ethical hacking and personal security through the nonprofit GirlSecurity.