NSI Visiting Fellow Christopher Porter Appointed as New National Intelligence Officer for Cyber at the National Intelligence Council

August 26, 2019
Contact: Jessica Moreno

NSI Visiting Fellow Christopher Porter Appointed
as New National Intelligence Officer for Cyber at the National Intelligence Council


Arlington, VA – On June 24, 2019, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence appointed National Security Institute (NSI) Visiting Fellow Christopher Porter to be the National Intelligence Officer, Cyber Division at the National Intelligence Council.  The National Intelligence Council was formed by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and is responsible for publishing key estimates related to national security and intelligence matters.

Prior to joining the National Intelligence Council, Mr. Porter served as the Chief Technology Officer for Cybersecurity Policy at FireEye, a major cybersecurity company headquartered in California.  Mr. Porter also served on the Board of Advisors at Amber Video, where he worked alongside other technology experts to combat the proliferation of fake video and deep fake technology.  Mr. Porter also previously worked for the CIA, where he received the National Intelligence Analysis Award and Cyber Threats Group Director’s Award for Innovation and was centrally involved in the publication of a key National Intelligence Estimate.

“I am thankful for the opportunity to serve my country again as a part of the US intelligence community. It’s a great honor that I will have to work hard to live up to,” Mr. Porter said.

“Chris Porter brings a great wealth of experience in the public and private sector to his new role helping oversee strategic cyber work across the Intelligence Community at the National Intelligence Council,” said Jamil N. Jaffer, Founder and Executive Director of the National Security Institute at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School.  He added, “Chris will have a unique opportunity to engage in addressing critically important issues in his new position and we at NSI are excited to work with him in this new role,” said Jaffer.

About the National Security Institute
The National Security Institute serves as a platform for research, teaching, scholarship, and policy development that incorporates a realistic assessment of the threats facing the United States and its allies, as well as an appreciation of the legal and practical challenges facing U.S. intelligence, defense, law enforcement, homeland security, and cybersecurity communities.  NSI draws on the experience of its visiting fellows, as well as its highly distinguished advisory board and faculty, to produce timely research and policy materials that deliver insightful analysis and actionable recommendations to senior policymakers in the White House and key departments and agencies, as well as those on Capitol Hill.

About George Mason
George Mason University is Virginia’s largest public research university. Located near Washington, D.C., Mason enrolls more than 33,000 students from 130 countries and all 50 states.  Mason has grown rapidly over the past half-century and is recognized for its innovation and entrepreneurship, remarkable diversity, and commitment to accessibility.

About the Scalia Law School
The Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University is defined by three words: Learn. Challenge. Lead. Students receive an outstanding legal education (Learn), are taught to critically evaluate prevailing orthodoxy and pursue new ideas (Challenge), and, ultimately, are well prepared to distinguish themselves in their chosen fields (Lead).  It has been one of America’s top-ranked law schools for the last fifteen years.