Chris Painter President of the GFCE Foundation Board

Christopher Painter is a globally recognized leader on cyber policy, cyber diplomacy, cybersecurity and combatting cybercrime.

He has been at the vanguard of cyber issues for over 27 years, first as a federal prosecutor handling some of the most high-profile cyber cases in the U.S., then as a senior official at the U.S. Department of Justice, the FBI, the White House National Security Council and, finally, as the world’s first cyber diplomat at the U.S. Department of State.Among many other things, Christopher served as a commissioner on the Global Commission for the Stability of Cyberspace and had been involved with the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise since its launch in 2015, e.g. Chairing the GFCE Working Group on Cyber Security Policy & Strategy.

He is a frequent speaker on cyber issues, frequently is interviewed and quoted in the media and has testified on numerous occasions to U.S. Congressional committees. He has received a number of awards and honors including Japan’s Order of the Rising Sun, the RSA Security Conference Public Policy Award and the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service. He received his B.A. from Cornell University and J.D. from Stanford Law School.

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