Robert K. Knake

Whitney Shepardson Senior Fellow

About the Expert

Expert Bio

Rob Knake is senior fellow for cyber policy at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). He is also a senior research scientist at Northeastern University’s Global Resilience Institute.

Knake served from 2011 to 2015 as director for cybersecurity policy at the National Security Council. In this role, he was responsible for the development of presidential policy on cybersecurity, and built and managed federal processes for cyber incident response and vulnerability management.

Before joining government, Knake was an international affairs fellow at CFR where he completed the manuscript for Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do About It and authored the Council Special Report Internet Governance in an Age of Cyber Insecurity. He has testified before Congress on cybersecurity information sharing and on the problem of attribution in cyberspace and written and lectured extensively on cybersecurity policy.

Knake holds a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard Kennedy School of Government and undergraduate degrees in history and government from Connecticut College. He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Affiliations:, senior advisor
Managed Security Service Provider (in stealth mode), senior advisor
Northeastern University, Global Resilience Institute, senior research scientist
Orkestrel LLC, principal