Sean Kanuck

Distinguished Fellow

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Sean Kanuck is Distinguished Fellow at ORF. As a globally recognised cyber expert, he advises governments, corporations, law firms, and entrepreneurs on the nexus between technology, law, and security.

Sean led cyber analysis for the United States as its first National Intelligence Officer for Cyber Issues from 2011 to 2016.  He previously served 11 years in the CIA Information Operations Center, including both analytical and field assignments, as an Intelligence Fellow with the Directorates for Cybersecurity and Combating Terrorism at the White House, and as a member of the US delegation to the UN Group of Governmental Experts on international information security.  Prior to government service, Sean practiced corporate law with Skadden Arps in New York.


  • Cyber Security
  • National Security
  • International Law
  • Information Warfare
  • Counter Terrorism

Current Position(s)

  • Professional attorney and strategic consultant, Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University
  • Trustee, Center of Excellence in Education, Virginia


  • AB, JD, Harvard University
  • MSc, London School of Economics
  • LLM, University of Oslo