Daniel B. Prieto is a seasoned IT executive and a recognized national security and cybersecurity expert with a record of leadership and innovation in government, technology, on Wall Street, and with leading universities and think tanks. He has served as a senior policymaker at the White House, the Department of Defense, and on Capitol Hill. He has deep management, operating, strategy, technology, consulting, and finance experience at Google, McKinsey, IBM, America Online/Time Warner, and J.P Morgan. He has held fellowship appointments at Harvard University, Stanford University, Columbia University, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Dan is currently a Strategic Executive for Google Cloud, Public Sector, where he leads strategy, business development, policy initiatives, and thought leadership to grow Google Cloud’s government business. He is an Adjunct Senior Research Scholar at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He serves on the advisory boards of Wickr (encrypted messaging), PatternEx (AI cybersecurity), Qylur Intelligent Systems (AI physical security), and the AI Security Alliance, as well as serving on the Technical Steering Committee for the Linux Foundation’s Red Team Project.
In government, Dan served as a member of the Senior Executive Service in the Obama Administration, first as the Chief Technology Officer in the office of the Department of Defense CIO, and then as Director for Cybersecurity Policy on the National Security Council Staff in the White House. In those roles, he led the DoD’s Defense Industrial Base cybersecurity program, helped lead the government-wide response to the Office of Personnel Management data breach, designed and implemented the first-ever government-wide prioritization of IT “crown jewel” high value assets, worked closely with the Intelligence Community on insider threat programs, and contributed to a number of Executive Orders and Presidential Directives on IT modernization, enterprise risk management, cybersecurity incident response and information sharing, and the creation of the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center. After 9/11, he helped stand up the Committee on Homeland Security in the U.S. House of Representatives, leading its cybersecurity and critical infrastructure portfolios.
In the private sector, Dan has served as an external Senior Advisor to McKinsey & Co., providing strategic advice to clients in the areas of enterprise risk, IT and cybersecurity. As a Vice President at IBM, he ran a 340-person, $125MM public-sector consulting practice, successfully downsizing and restructuring it to drive double-digit signings and revenue growth and increased profit margins in the face of the federal budget sequester. As well, he led thought leadership campaigns for IBM Global Business Services’ $2.5B Public Sector division. As an executive at AOL and an investment Banker at J.P. Morgan, he served as a strategist or advisor on over $150B in transactions in technology, media and aerospace & defense, including the mergers of America Online and Time Warner, Boeing and McDonnell Douglas, the acquisition of Netscape, and the sale of firewall and encryption company Trusted Information Systems.
Dan is a member of the Aspen Homeland Security Group, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Cosmos Club, a former trustee of Wesleyan University, and former member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on Law and Justice. He has testified before the U.S. Senate and his writing and commentary have appeared widely. Dan holds an M.A. in international economics and law from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a B.A. in interdisciplinary economics, government and political theory from Wesleyan University.