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Melissa Hathaway

Leading expert in cyberspace policy and cybersecurity
Harvard Kennedy School

Melissa Hathaway is a leading expert in cyberspace policy and cybersecurity. She served in two U.S. presidential administrations, spearheading the Cyberspace Policy Review for President Barack Obama and leading the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI) for President George W. Bush. Melissa brings a unique combination of policy and technical expertise, as well as board room experience that allows her to help clients better understand the inter- section of government policy, developing technological and industry trends, and economic drivers that impact acquisition and business development strategy in this field. She has pioneered the development of a unique methodology for evaluating and measuring the level of preparedness for certain cybersecurity risks, known as the Cyber Readiness Index – Enterprise Edition (CRI-E). She has applied the methodology to global companies from diverse industries that operate around the world, including from defense, technology, insurance, financial services, and life sciences sectors. She uses her methodology in case study learning with Boards of Directors of public and private companies. At Columbia University’s Center for Technology Management, Melissa is a mentor for the Executive M.S. in Technology Management (EMSTM) program and is the lead instructor for the new executive program in Leadership in the Digital Age: Managing Cyber Risk and Driving Business Growth.