John Carlin

John Carlin

Cyber Program Chair, Global Chair, Risk and Crisis Management Practice, Morrison & Foerster

John Carlin, the chair of the Aspen Institute’s Cybersecurity & Technology Program, recently left the Obama administration after serving as Assistant Attorney General for National Security, the Department of Justice’s top national security attorney. In this Senate-confirmed position, John oversaw nearly 400 employees responsible for protecting the country against international and domestic terrorism, espionage, cyber, and other national security threats.

The Justice Department’s National Security Division—working closely with the White House, the intelligence community, and prosecutors around the country—has helped to put together many of the most important cyber indictments and cases against hackers of the last eight years, ranging from the indictment of five Chinese military hackers for cyber-espionage to the case against Iranian hackers who attacked a New York hydroelectric dam, as well as being integral to cases like the hacking of Sony Pictures and the recent Russian attacks on the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

Today, Carlin is also the global chair of the risk and crisis management practice for the law firm Morrison & Forester and is a sought-after industry speaker on cyber issues as well a CNBC contributor on national security issues. His book, Dawn of the Code War: America’s Battle Against Russia, China, and the Rising Global Cyber Threat, was published in October 2018.