Chris Hale is Cisco Systems’ leading cyber and national security lawyer. He leads Cisco’s legal team responsible for compliance with cyber and national security regulations worldwide, and is part of the senior leadership team for the Vice-President for Security and Trust. Prior to this role, he spent 3 years as Executive Director and Associate General Counsel for Cybersecurity at Raytheon Technologies, a post he moved to from time as an attorney for Microsoft. His time in government included both the Departments of Justice and Treasury, in their Foreign Investment Review Staff and Terrorism and Financial Intelligence office respectively. Hale’s time with Justice saw him serve as an attorney, representing the Department before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States and “Team Telecom”. For the Treasury, he served as an all-source intelligence analyst specializing in the detection of money laundering. Hale was also responsible for advising policymakers on sanctions actions aimed at proliferators of WMDs.
Hale served as first chairman, then as a board member of the Sejong Group, an organization that aims to increase understanding of US-Korea relations amongst young professionals. He grew this organization from a small academic institution sponsored by Johns Hopkins University to full tax-exempt non-profit status, with 1300 members and an all-volunteer board of directors.
Hale Graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown with BS in Foreign Service, and received a Fullbright Scholarship to Seoul National University, South Korea thereafter. He attended Columbia University School of Law, recieving his JD in 2005. There he was a recipient of the Harlan Fisk Stone Scholarship, and Managing Editor, Columbia Journal of Transnational Law.