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|Born||Melissa Ellen Hathaway
November 10, 1968
|Alma mater||American University|
|Employer||Booz Allen Hamilton (June 1993–February 2007)|
Melissa Hathaway (born November 10, 1968) is an American private sector cybersecurity expert best known for her work as the Director of the Joint Interagency Cyber Task Force in the at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence during the George W. Bush administration and her six-month role at the National Security Council under the Barack Obama administration.
Hathaway was employed with consulting firm Evidence Based Research. Her work included developing models for detection of cocaine movement into the United States.
From June 1993 to February 2007, Hathaway worked for consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, focusing on information operations and long-range strategy and policy support business units. Her work included evaluations of "new force options across the electromagnetic spectrum" and "design and development of novel techniques for mapping social, business, and process and infrastructure relationships."
Hathaway served as Senior Advisor to the Director of National Intelligence, Mike McConnell, and Cyber Coordination Executive. She chaired the National Cyber Study Group (NCSG). In her role at the NCSG, she contributed to the development of the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI). Hathaway was appointed the Director of the Joint Interagency Cyber Task Force in January 2008.
Hathaway was named the Acting Senior Director for Cyberspace for the National Security and Homeland Security Councils on February 9, 2009, and placed in charge of a 60-day inter-agency review of the plan, programs, and activities underway throughout the government dedicated to cyber security.
Hathaway was expected to be offered the post of National Cyber Advisor or "Cyber Czar". President Obama promised during the presidential election campaign that he would "declare our cyber-infrastructure a strategic asset, and appoint a National Cyber Advisor who will report directly to [the president]." On August 3, 2009, it was announced that Hathaway would return to the private sector, with her resignation taking effect August 21, 2009. She cited "personal reasons" for her departure.
Hathaway is president of Hathaway Global Strategies, her own consulting firm. She also serves as an advisor to companies including Cisco.
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