Joel Brenner specializes in cyber and physical security, data protection and privacy, and intelligence law. He’s the author of Glass Houses: Privacy, Secrecy, and Cyber Insecurity in a Transparent World and many articles on the challenges of network security.
Brenner served as Senior Counsel at the National Security Agency, advising agency leadership on the public-private effort to create better security for the internet. From 2006 until mid-2009, he led U.S. counterintelligence under the Director of National Intelligence. From 2002-06, Brenner was the NSA’s Inspector General, responsible for that agency’s top-secret internal audits and investigations.
The Center for International Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology awarded him the Robert Wilhelm Fellowship for 2014-15, during which he worked on intelligence and security issues related to foreign affairs. Since 2014, he has been a senior Research Fellow at MIT Center for International Studies & MIT Internet Policy Research Initiative.
Brenner earned a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics. He was awarded the Intelligence Community Achievement Medal.