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Nicole Perlroth    

NYT Best Selling Cybersecurity Author & CISA Advisor

Nicole Perlroth spent the past decade immersed in the most significant cyberattacks in history, tracking state-sponsored hacking groups, and embedding with the nation’s top cybersecurity operators, executives, threat researchers, policymakers, and investors. Her articles on government spyware were nominated for Pulitzer Prize and her New York Times bestseller, This Is How They Tell Me The World Ends earned her the McKinsey/Financial Times’ prestigious “2022 Best Business Book of the Year Award” and the Arthur J. Ross Award 2023 for her contribution to foreign policy. Her investigations compelled the U.S. government to indict state-sponsored hackers, mercenaries, and even led to the outing, and blacklisting, of multiple spyware companies. Her work drilled home the urgency of digital threats and helped catapult the challenges, and solutions, into the national consciousness.

In 2021, she left journalism to go “inside the tent” in solving the nation’s cybersecurity challenges. She joined the advisory board of the Homeland Security Department's cybersecurity defense agency, CISA, as well as the Council on Foreign Relations’ Cyber Task Force where she helped draft a new U.S. cyber foreign policy to confront the reality and dangers of our new virtual age.

In addition to government service, Perlroth took an advisory role at Ballistic Ventures, a cybersecurity venture firm, as well as with leading cybersecurity startups including Abnormal Security (phishing), TRM Labs (blockchain intelligence), Nudge (SaaS security), Nozomi (industrial control security), Talon (secure browsing), Veza (authorization) and co-founded a cyber solutions fund, Silver Buckshot Ventures.

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