Ari Schwartz

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Schwartz (right) participating in a State of the Net panel in Washington, D.C.

Ari M. Schwartz is the former senior director for cybersecurity on the United States National Security Council Staff at the White House, having left the role in October 2015. Previously, he was director for cybersecurity, privacy, civil liberties and policy.


Schwartz came to the White House after serving as a Senior Advisor for technology policy to the United States Secretary of Commerce. Previously, he was at the National Institute of Standards and Technology where he served as Internet Policy Advisor, working on the Internet Policy Task Force[1] at the Department of Commerce.

Before his government service, Schwartz was the vice president and chief operating officer of the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) in Washington, D.C., in the United States.[2] He was formerly a CDT senior policy analyst[3] and subsequently the center's Vice President and COO.[4]

While at CDT, Schwartz won the RSA conference award for Excellence in Public Policy,[5] and the Online Trust Alliance Award for Excellence in Public Policy.[6]

In October 2015, it was revealed that Schwartz had stepped down from his role as senior director for cybersecurity after a two-year tenure. He remarked that he had always planned to leave the role after this period. Schwartz was praised on his departure for helping to develop the government’s cybersecurity framework, a voluntary guideline to help companies bolster their security programs, and as an honest broker with industry and civil society.[7][8]

Personal life[edit]

Schwartz is from the Detroit, Michigan area, and holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from Brandeis University.[4]


  1. ^ "Internet Policy Task Force". 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Ari Schwartz". Center for Democracy and Technology. Archived from the original on May 13, 2008. Retrieved July 1, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Ari M. Schwartz" (PDF). U.S. Federal Trade Commission. Retrieved July 1, 2008. 
  4. ^ a b "Ari M. Schwartz" (PDF). via National Institute of Standards and Technology ( December 19, 1999. Retrieved July 1, 2008. 
  5. ^ "RSA(R) Conference Awards Winners Announced". Business Wire. Retrieved May 2, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Online Trust Alliance Recognizes Excellence in Online Trust Awards". Retrieved October 7, 2015. [permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Top White House cyber official steps down". The Hill. 1 October 2015. 
  8. ^ "Cyber vote could come up soon". Washington Examiner. 5 October 2015. 

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