September 13-15, 2020

Sea Island, GA

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Welcome to the 2020 Cipher Brief Threat Conference.


Future Threats and the Power of Thinking Differently 

Today’s threat actors are succeeding by staying one-step ahead of their targets, whether that means adapting new technologies for their own benefit or using known strategies in new ways like we’re seeing with the Internet of Things, or through the use of gray zone tactics by geopolitical powers around the world.


In order for the U.S. and its allies to understand and be prepared for future threats, we need to challenge what we think we know and be open to new innovative ideas intended to counter future threats, regardless of where those ideas come from. 


The new national security playbook has to allow time to set politics aside to find better, more efficient ways for the public and private sectors to work together, sharing best practices on identifying and investing in new technologies and challenging the ways in which we have traditionally thought about threats and opportunities.

The Cipher Brief Threat Conference provides a unique experience that no other event in the defense and national security space can match.  This series of briefings is not just about who's on the stage, it's about who's in the room.


Come prepared to be a part of the thought-leadership engagement that expertly addresses the threats of our time.





September 13-15, 2020


We were oversubscribed in 2019, so be sure to reserve your spot early for 2020 and make sure you have a seat at the table.  

2020 Speakers and Experts

"It's not just about who's on the stage, it's about who's in the room"

General Michael Hayden

Former Director, CIA and NSA

Cipher Brief Expert

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General David Petraeus

Former Director, CIA

Cipher Brief Expert

Gen. Keith Alexander (Ret.)

Former Director, NSA

Founder and CO-CEO, IronNet

Cipher Brief Expert

Hon. Susan M. Gordon

Former Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence (PDDNI)


Christopher Krebs

DHS Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency

William Evanina

Director, National Counterintelligence and Security Center

Sir John Scarlett

Former Director, MI6


Charles E. Allen

Principal, Chertoff Group

Cipher Brief Expert

Tonya Ugoretz

Deputy Assistant Director, Cyber Readiness, Outreach, and Intelligence Branch, FBI

Rick Ledgett

Former Deputy Director, NSA

Cipher Brief Expert 


Norm Roule

Former National Intelligence Manager for Iran, ODNI

Cipher Brief Expert 

Gregory L. Ryckman

Director for Analysis (DI)

Defense Intelligence Agency

Kelly Bissell

Senior Managing Director, Accenture Security Global Lead


Saxby Chambliss

Former U.S. Senator (R-GA)

Cipher Brief Expert


Matt Olsen 

Chief Trust and Security Officer 


Cipher Brief Expert

Adam S. Hickey

Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the National Security Division (NSD), Department of Justice 


Tom Bossert

Chief Strategy Officer 

Trinity Cyber 

Glenn Gerstell

Former General Counsel, NSA

Cipher Brief Expert


Dmitri Alperovitch

Co-Founder and former CTO


Christopher Ahlberg

CEO, Recorded Future, Inc.

Chairman, Hult International Business School

Joseph Detrani

Former Director of the National Counterproliferation Center

Cipher Brief Expert 

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Michael Sulick

Former Director, CIA’s National Clandestine Service

Cipher Brief Expert


Doug Wise

Former Deputy Director, DIA

Cipher Brief Expert

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David Sanger

National Security Correspondent,

The New York Times


Nick Fishwick

Former Senior Member of the British Foreign Office

Cipher Brief Expert


Mark Kelton

Former Deputy Director Counterintelligence, CIA

Cipher Brief Expert

Vince Stewart

Former Director, Defense Intelligence Agency

Cipher Brief Expert

Sean Roche

Former Senior Executive, CIA

Cipher Brief Expert

Leslie Ireland

Former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Intelligence and Analysis

Cipher Brief Expert 

Paul Kolbe

Director, The Intelligence Project at Harvard University’s Belfer Center Cipher Brief Expert

Oren Falkowitz

CEO and Co-founder, Area 1 Security


Catherine Lotrionte

Brent Scowcroft Scholar, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, Atlantic Council


Rob Lively

Command Sergeants Major (Ret.), U.S. Army Special Operations

Cipher Brief Expert 

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Col. (USA, Ret.) Chris Costa

Executive Director, The SPY Museum; Advisor, Mission Solutions Group Inc. Board of Advisors 

Marie O’Neill "Neill" Sciarrone

Founder and President,

Trinity Cyber, Inc.

Geoff Brown

Chief Information Security Officer, City of New York

Katie Gray

Partner- Investment Team



Michael Morris

Chief Technology Officer


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Emile Nakhleh

Former Member, CIA’s Senior Intelligence Service

Cipher Brief Expert

Randy Sabett

Special Counsel, Cyber/Data/Privacy Practice

Cooley LLP 

Dr. Matt Kraning

CTO and Co-founder


Bill Harlow

Former CIA/DOD & White House Spokesman

Cipher Brief Expert 

Brad Christian


The Cipher Brief

Conrad Prince

Former Deputy Director


Colonel Michael McGinley

Director of Defense Engagement
Defense Innovation Unit (DIU)

Michael Ott

President of Affluent Wealth Management
U.S. Bank

Ian Allen

Co-founder and CEO

Camber System

Ellen McCarthy

Assistant Secretary

Bureau of Intelligence and Research
Department of State

Amit Yoran

Chairman and CEO


"The Cipher Brief means intelligence for business. And business has never needed a more clear global picture than now. Seasoned intelligence professionals speak freely and candidly every day on the Cipher Brief and bring their intellect, their experience, and their global networks to bear on what will be tomorrow's news."

General Michael Hayden

Former Director of the NSA & CIA


Join us for what national security experts are calling the most innovative and engaging national security conference out there. Check back here for agenda updates.  


Participation is by invitation only. This invitation is non-transferable. Registration is non-refundable. Please register by choosing the type of registration below and signing in with your email address and registration code. Click here to request an invitation.



The General Admission Pass provides admission to the keynote speeches, plenary and evening sessions, and covers lunch each day of the event.



Discount Code Required


The Member Pass provides admission to the keynote speeches, plenary and evening sessions, and covers lunch each day of the event.



Discount Code Required


The Government Employee Pass provides admission to the keynote speeches, plenary, and evening sessions, and covers lunch each day of the event.

Proof of eligibility will be required.

*Price after promo code is applied at checkout.

Attendance of the Threat Conference is by invitation only. This invitation will grant access to the registration page. Click here to request an invitation.

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