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, Esq.

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.

Sam Chughtai

Mr. Chughtai has served as a U.S. State Department Advisor and was the recipient of the Microsoft Military Affairs Award for Veterans Recruitment. He serves as an Adjunct Professor for UW Bothell School of Business and the Seattle University School of Law. Mr. Chughtai dedicates his time as a board member for Attain Housing and as a Council Chair for the Pacific Northwest Cybersecurity Business Leadership Council at the University of Washington. He is globally recognized for his work with some of the world’s leading organizations, including IBM, Microsoft, KPMG, Accenture, and U.S. Federal & State Governments in Cybersecurity, Privacy, Digital Innovation, Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Fintech & Smart Cities.

Paul Davis

Mr. Davis is the owner of JANUSThink, an IT innovation consulting firm, and he serves as the VP of Business Development. He has over 30 years of combined business and intelligence operations experience. His intelligence work began as a tactical military intelligence analyst concentrating on the Soviet Union, followed by North Korea and the Middle East. Mr. Davis was a senior counterintelligence analyst for the U.S. government and has been a consultant on numerous vertical areas and has then published a number of reports. Mr. Davis consults with several small businesses and writes a number of articles for foreign and domestic outlets on issues ranging from foreign policy to politics.

Darren Death

Mr. Death is an information security professional with a 17-year technology career supporting the private and public sector alike. He has worked for organizations such as the Department of Justice, Library of Congress, and the Federal Emergency Management Association. Currently, Mr. Death works as a Chief Information Security Officer, responsible for the Enterprise Information Security program. Mr. Death published a book, Information Security Handbook.

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.

Chris Kay

Chris Kay is a Senior Policy Advisor, retired Naval Officer, and IWP alumnus with over two decades of management expertise in national security strategy and policy, analysis, international engagement, information warfare, trusted secure communications systems, and information assurance.

Ray Koch

Ray Koch is an analytical, visionary, and articulate senior IT leader with 15 years of experience, including 7 years in management delivering cutting edge solutions. Ray produces high metric results using Agile methodologies and consistently meets project deadlines. He manages high-performing and resilient cloud applications by employing sound cloud architectural design patterns and implementing effective cybersecurity policies. Ray has been in commercial firms and large consulting organizations.

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

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Darren Death

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Paul de Souza

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Eric O’Neill

Eric O’Neill, former FBI counterterrorism and counterintelligence operative, is an Executive Advisor for the Cyber Intelligence Initiative.

During his tenure at the FBI, Mr. O’Neill played an integral role capturing one of the most notorious spies in American history, Robert Hanssen, who had been feeding secrets to the Soviet Union and Russia for over two decades. Mr. O’Neill had been selected to report to Hanssen in the newly created Information Assurance Section. He was charged with gaining Hanssen’s trust so that he could help investigate the spy and bring him out of deep cover. Mr. O’Neill was able to retrieve the so-called “smoking gun” – Hanssen’s Palm Pilot – that contained all of the evidence needed to arrest and later convict the spy in 2001. This has been called the biggest internal case in the history of the FBI.

Following this case, Mr. O’Neill retired from the FBI. He has since been Senior Associate in the Government Contracts Group at DLA Piper U.S. LLC, as well as General Counsel of Global Communities, which is a global humanitarian relief non-profit.

In 2009, Mr. O’Neill co-founded the Georgetown Group, which is an investigative and security services firm. Then in 2013, he co-founded the Schiltron Group, a supply chain assurance and critical infrastructure protection company.

Mr. O’Neill was named National Security Strategist for Carbon Black, a leader in next-generation endpoint security, in 2016.

Mr. O’Neill is also an accomplished public speaker who currently lectures internationally on espionage and national security, cybersecurity, fraud, corporate diligence and defense, hacking, pursuing one’s dreams, and surviving Hollywood. He has made numerous keynote addresses and appearances for a number of venues, including educational institutions, consortiums of auditors, chief executive officers, corporate security officers and other executives, non-profit institutions, government agencies, foreign industry, law firms, and consultancy groups.

In 2007, the movie Breach was released, depicting Mr. O’Neill’s role in the investigation and capture of Robert Hanssen.

Penguin Random House published Mr. O’Neill’s memoir about the Hanssen case, entitled Gray Day: My Undercover Mission to Expose America’s First Cyber Spy, in 2019.

Mr. O’Neill is an honors graduate from Auburn University, where he received a B.A. in Political Science and Psychology. In 2003, he earned a J.D. with honors from George Washington University Law School. He has been admitted to the bar in both Maryland and the District of Columbia.

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.