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Richard A. Clarke

Richard A. Clarke

Dick Clarke is CEO of Good Harbor LLC, a boutique cyber security/risk management consultancy. Clarke is a sought-after advisor to leading CEOs, Boards, and C-level executives of Fortune 500 Companies in the US, as well as several state leaders, including the Governors of New York and Virginia, on all issues of cyber-security and risk and crisis management.

Clarke served in the White House for an unprecedented ten years as Special Advisor to the President on Cyber Security, serving under President George H.W. Bush, President Bill Clinton, and President George W. Bush. In this role, Clarke also advised on counter-terrorism and other national security issues. In his role as the nation’s “Cyber-Czar,” Clarke developed the country’s first National Strategy to Defend Cyberspace. Clarke served on the National Security Council for ten years. Following the Snowden revelations, President Obama asked Clarke to serve on the five-person President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Technology.

On 9/11, Clarke was the national crisis manager.

Previously, Clarke served as Assistant Secretary of State for Political Military Affairs in the first Bush administration and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence under President Ronald Reagan.

Clarke has served in the White House, the Pentagon, the Intelligence Community, and the State Department. As an Assistant Secretary of State, he was confirmed by the United States Senate.

Clarke taught crisis management and risk at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and is an ABC News-on-Air Commentator, offering expert perspective in crises management, terrorism, and cyber security.

Clarke is author of eight books. His first book, Against All Enemies: Inside America’s War on Terror (2004) was a New York Times #1 best seller. In 2017, he published Warnings, 14 case studies of experts whose predictions of impending disaster were ignored.His ground-breaking work, Cyber War, was voted by a cyber expert panel as one of the field’s foundational works.

Clarke is Chairman of the Board of Governors of The Middle East Institute. He has been honored with membership in the national Cyber Security Hall of Fame and given the Lifetime Achievement Award for Cybersecurity by the annual RSA Conference.

Clarke is an advisor to private equity and venture capital firms and has served on the corporate boards of technology companies Veracode, Carbon Black, and Multiplan. Clarke received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1972 and a Master of Science (SM) degree from MIT in 1978. He lives in Virginia.