American University

Rhea Siers

Adjunct Instructor

Ms. Rhea Siers combines her operational, legal and policy experience from thirty years in the US Intelligence Community to bring a multifaceted approach to cybersecurity and national security issues. She served as NSA's senior representative to the FBI, as well as NSA's Deputy Associate Director for Policy, led operational and intelligence production as a senior manager, and served in NSA's Office of General Counsel.

As an attorney and policy expert in the cybersecurity arena, Ms. Siers was selected as a "Cyber Trail Blazer" by the National Law Journal (2014). She works with companies and organizations designing cyber security programs tailored to the challenges of different industries.

Ms. Siers is the Senior Fellow for Policy and Legal issues at the Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection (I3P). Her work focuses on key cyber policy issues such as "Active Defense", with an emphasis on training the next generation of cyber and intelligence analysts as well as creating a multidisciplinary cyber curriculum. She has also written on cyber warfare issues in the Middle East.

Ms. Siers is a member of the adjunct faculties of GWU and the Johns Hopkins University where she developed and teaches courses on Cyber Threats, Data Privacy, Middle East issues, Non-State Actors, Terrorism, and Transnational Security issues.

She is on the editorial board of The Journal of Law and Cyber Warfare and a co-author of the book Cyber Warfare: Understanding the Law, Policy, and Technology (2015). Her articles and interviews about cyber deterrence, attribution, intelligence and the Middle East have appeared in several publications including The Cipher Brief and WSJ. Ms. Siers is also on the Board of the Millennium Alliance, which focuses on providing guidance to senior executives on digital transformation.

Course taught: JLC621