Matt Ashburn – Official Bio

Matt previously served as a CIA officer focusing on cyber issues, including a detail serving on the National Security Council as the Chief Information Security Officer and Special Advisor to the National Security Advisor, leading technical expertise, risk reduction strategies, and policy for national security systems.

At CIA, Matt led the technical direction and coordination to stand up an innovative, unified cyber security operations center to fully harness agency authorities, resources, and talents to prevent and respond to advanced cyber threats.  He also led the detection watch floor of CIA’s cyber incident response team, and has been recognized with a national intelligence award and service ribbon from the Director of National Intelligence and the IC CIO Partnership Award. 

Prior to CIA, Matt gained over 10 additional years of government and private sector experience focusing on intelligence matters and cyber security initiatives at federal agencies and a major financial institution.

He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia and is a graduate of FBI’s Intelligence Basic Course at Quantico, VA.  Matt splits his time between Washington, DC and Puerto Rico, and volunteers as a sworn reserve police officer with the DC Metropolitan Police.