Dr. Michael Sulmeyer

Director of the Cyber Security Project at Harvard's Belfer Center

Securing the Fifth Domain

About the Topic

The risk of a serious cyber attack against the United States continues to grow.  In part, this is because our adversaries are gaining more command of how to weaponize technology.  But the very conception of a “cyber attack” is also expanding, as it now includes information operations and other methods of propaganda dissemination.  What can we do to defend ourselves?  In this discussion, I will discuss the steps we can take at home to make ourselves harder to hack, as well as those we can take abroad to deter malicious actors from attacking us.

About the Speaker

Dr. Michael Sulmeyer is the Director of the Cyber Security Project at the Belfer Center within the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where his research focuses on the ways conflict can be waged and avoided in cyber space. He is also a contributing editor for the national security blog Lawfare.

Before Harvard, Sulmeyer served as the Director for Plans and Operations for Cyber Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He was responsible for working closely with the Joint Staff and Cyber Command on a variety of efforts to counter malicious cyber activity against U.S. and Department of Defense interests. His work was recognized with the Secretary Medal for Exceptional Public Service.

Previously, he worked on arms control and the maintenance of strategic stability among the United States, Russia, and China. As a Marshall Scholar, Sulmeyer received his doctorate in politics from Oxford University, and his dissertation, "Money for Nothing: Understanding the Termination of U.S. Major Defense Acquisition Programs," won the Sir Walter Bagehot Prize for best dissertation in government and public administration. He received his B.A. and J.D. from Stanford University and his M.A. in War Studies from King's College London.