IWP Leadership

Dean Lane

Dean Lane is Senior Vice President for Cyber Intelligence at The Institute of World Politics. Dean brings a wealth of knowledge to his role at IWP.  He has founded his own company, taught courses at Universities in California, was the Chief Information Officer for multiple companies, worked for a Big Four Consulting firm, and spent his time in the military with the Special Forces.  Dean has a Bachelor of Arts from UCLA and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from National University.  He is the author of three #1 best-selling books related to information technology.

Cyber Intelligence Instructors

Joe Billingsley

Joe Billingsley is an adjunct professor and advisor of the Cyber Intelligence Initiative at the Institute of World Politics, Director of Strategic Engagement at the College of Information and Cyberspace at National Defense University, founder of the Military Cyber Professionals Association, adjunct faculty at the George Washington University, Advisor of the Cyber Security Forum Initiative, Fellow at the Center for Network Innovation and Experimentation, Special Advisor of the peer-reviewed journal Military Cyber Affairs, and collaborates with organizations including the Atlantic Council and Smithsonian Institution.

He is an Iraq War veteran and former U.S. Army Strategist and Cyber Operations Officer, having graduated from programs at the Army War College, Naval War College, Military Intelligence School, and Army School of Information Technology. He hold a BA in History from the University of Connecticut, a MS in Cyber Systems and Operations from the Naval Postgraduate School, and is pursuing a PhD in Information Sciences.

Ethan S. Burger

Ethan S. Burger is a Washington D.C.- based international attorney and educator with a background in cybersecurity, transnational financial crime, and Russian legal matters He has been a full-time faculty member at the American University (School of International Service — Transnational Crime Prevention Center) and the University of Wollongong (Australia) (Faculty of Law — Centre for Transnational Crime Prevention), and as well as an Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, Washington College of Law, and the University of Baltimore. Last year, he taught about cybersecurity as a Visiting Professor at Vilnius University on a grant from the Fulbright Foundation. Mr. Burger earned his J.D. at the Georgetown University Law Center, A.B. from Harvard University, and obtained a Certificate in Cybersecurity Strategy from Georgetown University.

Paul de Souza

Mr. Paul de Souza is the founder of the Cyber Security Forum Initiative (CSFI), he serves as an advisor for the MCPA (Military Cyber Professionals Association), and he is a recipient of the Order of Thor Medal. Paul serves as a CENTRIC (Centre of Excellence in Terrorism, Resilience, Intelligence & Organized Crime Research) Visiting Researcher at Sheffield Hallam University, UK, Guest Lecturer at The Swedish Defence University (SEDU) Försvarshögskolanand, on The Institute of World Politics Board of Advisors for the Cyber Intelligence Initiative (Ci2) in Washington, D.C.; as a Negev Hi-Tech Faculty Startup Accelerator Advisor for Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel; served as a Visiting Research Fellow at the National Security Studies, Tel Aviv University, Israel (INSS) – Cyber Security and Military & Strategic affairs Programs, and completed the Executive Certificate Program in Counter-Terrorism Studies from the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya in Israel.

He served as a Federal Director of Training and Education for Norman Data Defense Systems, and he is faculty at George Washington University.

Mr. de Souza has over 18 years of cyber security experience and has worked as the Chief Security Engineer for AT&T, where he designed and approved secure networks for MSS (Managed Security Services). Mr. de Souza also worked for Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) and US Robotics as a security engineer. He has consulted for several governments, military organizations, and private institutions across the globe.

Mr. de Souza has a Master’s in National Security Studies (MA) with a concentration in Terrorism from American Military University, West Virginia VA.

Brian Lane

Brian Lane is recognized across the U.S. Intelligence Community for extensive finished intelligence production as a Subject Matter Expert on Maritime issues. As a founding member of the ONI Civil Maritime Analysis Team, he personally shaped the team’s focus areas, production schedule, and analytical methodologies which are still in use today. He has extensive experience briefing senior policy-makers in both the Executive and Legislative branches of the government and has worked extensively with other IC agencies as a task force member on multiple occasions. His education includes a B.S. in Marine Transportation/Global Logistics from the California Maritime Academy, and an M.S. in terrorism/counterterrorism studies from Henley-Putnam University.

Sana Saleh

Sana is an accomplished executive and national security expert with exceptional experience leading, managing, and building successful cross-functional and multidisciplinary teams to implement far reaching policy development objectives, departmental business targets, and Congressional mandates. Cyber security organizational lead who initiated and led inaugural ‘cyber’ working groups. Leveraged expertise in diverse portfolios in high stakes crises and global security issues. 

Board of Advisors

Joe Billingsley

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Ethan S. Burger

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Sam Chughtai

Global IT, Risk & Cyber Security Leader with 25+ years of experience leading public and private sector high talent teams for IBM, Microsoft, KPMG, PWC, and Accenture with the focus on Ai, smart transportation, and big data. Sam currently serves as an expert speaker for The United States Department of State. SME Focus: Cyber Security, Governance & Policy, Women’s Economic Empowerment through IT; Youth Leadership Development & Entrepreneurship. Sam teaches at The University of Washington, Seattle University School of Law and also Chairs, The Emerging Technology and Cyber Security Leadership Council of the University of Washington, bringing together a select group of thought leaders, on risk, security and disruptive technologies to connect, ideate and create positive impact. Passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion with a steadfast commitment to building upon the assets of women in business and military veterans. Proud recipient of the Microsoft Military Outreach Award. Specialties: Global Security Operations, Adaptive Cybersecurity, Privacy & GDPR, Smart Transportation, Big Data, IT Audit, IOT, AI, Machine Learning, ERM, Industrial Control System Security, NERC CIP, Mergers & Acquisition and Government Affairs.

Darren Death

Mr. Death has worked in information technology for over 17 years building and securing enterprise solutions primarily for the Government sector. In his current role at ASRC Federal, he is responsible for the ASRC Enterprise Cyber Security program, which includes ASRC Federal and its parent company Arctic Slope Regional Corporation. He manages the Cyber Security program across the 4 billion dollar ASRC portfolio, crossing many business sectors to include financial services, health care, construction, retail, energy, and federal government contracting. Mr. Death gave a presentation at IWP on “Foundational Information Security” as part of a lecture series sponsored by Ci2. Read More

Paul de Souza

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Michelle DiGruttolo

Michelle DiGruttolo is a Senior Managing Director at Ankura Consulting Group based in Washington, DC, where she brings more than 23 years of experience in geopolitical threat analysis and national security. Ms. DiGruttolo leads the geopolitical advisory practice. She leverages her analytical tradecraft to help firms navigate the complex nuances of frontier and emerging markets in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East, and identify risks and opportunities in those regions.

Ms. DiGruttolo, an Army veteran and former White House Intelligence Briefer, has over 2 decades of experience identifying geopolitical risks and providing guidance and intelligence to executive decision makers. Her past experience includes working as a Strategic Planner for Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems & Global Solutions segment and 22 years of service in the U.S. Army, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.

Prior to joining Ankura, from November 2012 to May 2014, Ms. DiGruttolo served as Division Chief in the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency in Charlottesville, Virginia where she directed the analysis and production of strategic and operational intelligence for senior defense executives and decision makers.

From January through November 2012, Ms. DiGruttolo served in the Office of the Director of U.S. National Intelligence as the White House daily intelligence briefer for President Barack Obama. In this role, she produced and personally delivered daily national security intelligence updates to the President and former White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew. She traveled with the President to provide intelligence support and produce current intelligence updates on the road. Ms. DiGruttolo served as Executive Coordinator of the President’s Daily Intelligence Brief (PDB), responsible for daily interagency coordination, production, and presentation of the PDB to the President’s National Security Staff and his Cabinet-level Advisors. Ms. DiGruttolo served as Branch Chief at the Pentagon in 2010-2011, where she supervised the production and dissemination of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s Daily Intelligence Briefing. She delivered over 1,000 intelligence reports on behalf of the Joint Staff Director of Intelligence for presentation to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

In her military career, Ms. DiGruttolo held various intelligence roles of vital importance to national security. In her capacity as a strategic intelligence officer, she developed subject matter expertise in a number of areas that include counternarcotics, counterterrorism, counterinsurgency, and counter threat finance.

Frederick I. Moxley

Dr. Moxley began his cyber career working for the National Defense University’s Department of Defense Computer Institute in Washington, D.C.  In the early 90s, he joined the newly formed Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), a combat support agency that provides technical and cyber operational support to the President, Vice President, Secretary of Defense, the military services, and combatant commands.

Over the course of his career, he has served as the U.S. Representative, Head of Delegation, and ultimately as Chairman to NATO for open systems on behalf of the Department of Defense (DoD), as well as Liaison Officer to the intelligence community for intelligence information systems (DoDIIS), and as the DISA Fellow and Director of Research at the United States Military Academy at West Point.  Before departing federal government service, he was the Technical Director of the largest cyber/technology modernization effort in the history of the DoD. 

In his current capacity, he serves as a Senior Advisor to the DoD at the Pentagon, and is the Founder and Executive Director of Strategic Threat Analysis and Research Laboratories, a vulnerability assessment and applied solution services consultancy. 

Dr. Moxley holds a Ph.D. in Information Systems & Science from the College of Engineering and Computing, Nova Southeastern University, a graduate certificate in Microbial Biodefense, from the department of Molecular and Microbiology, and a Ph.D. from the College of Science, George Mason University.

Steven Sterns

Steven Sterns is an accomplished Information Security & IT executive with extensive leadership success guiding Security and IT operations and applications teams across the US, EMEA and Asia in publicly-traded, Fortune-rated, SOX-audited companies. 

In his current role at EBay Inc., Steven is responsible for their threat management and response practice including global security incident response, threat intelligence, security tools engineering, and security operations automation. He leads a team of 25 engineers and is accountable for a $5 million operational expense budget.

Steven brings over 15 years of experience in building and deploying teams that result in holistic cyber security solutions that comprehensively address people, process, and technology to achieve the highest level of security possible.

Prior to joining EBay, Steven led the customer facing Software as a Service (SaaS) operations and delivery for one of the largest online mortgage loan origination software companies in the US., EllieMae Financial. He also worked for Cisco implementing PCI compliant security for their Webex business.

Steven’s academic qualifications include an MBA and undergraduate degrees in English and Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. He is also qualified as a Project Management Professional and a Certified Systems Engineer.