About Us


Our nation, and in fact our world, stands at a tipping point and we need thought leaders to step up and help guide us from the brink. One core issue hindering the ability to create holistic, forward-thinking, national cybersecurity policies is the lack of an unbiased, non-partisan foundational framework for thinking about the bedrock principles of cybersecurity and cyber warfare. Cybersecurity is a wide-ranging issue that touches on almost every area of law and public policy, and requires an interdisciplinary approach to fully appreciate. Thus, the Institute believes that education and training, in these various disciplines, for policymakers and their staff is both an essential facet of its mission and an essential component of any possible solution to the problems it was founded to confront. We hope to educate policymakers not only on the threats and issues for which they are responsible, but also on the threats facing the public, private and non-governmental sectors as well, and options for future public-private collaborations to help secure both sectors.


Barry Dynkin

Barry Dynkin is the Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of the American Cybersecurity Institute and head of the Grauman Law Group’s Cybersecurity Practice. He was a legal researcher on the Tallinn Manual on Cyber Warfare 2.0 and a contributing author on Law Firm Cybersecurity, a publication of the ABA, and has published numerous papers on a variety of legal, cybersecurity, and cyber warfare related topics. He was also on the staff of the Journal of Law and Cyberwarfare.

Benjamin Dynkin

Benjamin Dynkin is the Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of the American Cybersecurity Institute. Prior to that, he was a Senior Forensic Analyst at Law & Forensics and the Managing Editor of the Journal of Law and Cyber Warfare (www.jlcw.org), the nation’s preeminent legal publication on cyber warfare. In that capacity, he oversaw the Journal’s publication, as well as its annual conference, and several initiatives, including private sector roundtables, as well as congressional trainings. He has co-authored and contributed to dozens of articles in the fields of cybersecurity, cyber warfare, digital forensics, and e-discovery.

Board of Advisors

Jeff Foley

Chief Technology Officer, ClaritySec

Jay Ribeiro

Chief Information Security Officer, Federal Election Commission

Rear Admiral Gordon Russell

US Navy, Retired

Eric Stride

Senior Vice President, Root9B

Dondi West

Senior Manager, Price Waterhouse Coopers

Professor Felix Wu

Professor of Law & Faculty Director, Cardozo Data Law Initiative

Sean Zadig

Director, Yahoo! Threat Investigations

Lieutenant General Richard Zahner

US Army, Retired

Andy Zolper

Chief Information Security Officer, Raymond James Financial