Washington, DC – Atlantic Council President and CEO Frederick Kempe today issued the following statement on the appointment of Christopher Porter, Atlantic Council Senior Fellow and Chief Technology Officer for Global Cybersecurity Policy at FireEye, to the position of National Intelligence Officer for Cyber in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

“The Atlantic Council is proud to have one of our own, Christopher Porter, selected to serve as the top intelligence officer for cyber in the US government. The Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative, housed in the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, has been very privileged to have Christopher in our network of experts. Christopher has been among our most active Fellows, consistently writing and speaking on the most pressing cyber issues facing the United States and our allies, including cyber espionage and cyber diplomacy and the enforcement of arms control agreements in cyberspace.

One of the Atlantic Council’s foremost priorities is to help strengthen the pipeline of talent for senior national security leadership positions.  We are thrilled that Christopher is joining other Atlantic Council alumni including Ambassador Jon Huntsman, former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, and former Assistant to the President Tom Bossert to serve in a senior government role.

It’s difficult to imagine anyone with deeper subject-matter expertise on the evolving threats we face in cyberspace and the implications they have for public safety, national security, and geopolitics. We wish Christopher the very best of luck in his endeavor and look forward to supporting him as he takes on this important role at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.”

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