Richard Clarke

Cyber Security Expert, Former Counterterrorism Czar & Best-Selling author

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Richard Clarke’s name is synonymous with both Cyber Security and Counterterrorism. He literally “wrote the book” on both subjects. After spending decades in the federal government working on counterterrorism and cyber security policy, he went on to author the quintessential books on both topics: Against All Enemies, Your Government Failed You, and Cyber War, among others.

Today, Richard Clarke is a leading consultant to industry and governments on cyber security and sits on several corporate boards. His writings on cyber security have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and numerous other publications. His book Your Government Failed You: Breaking the Cycle of National Security Disasters was made into a film documentary entitled “State of Security.”

Clarke gives a unique look into the silent—but extremely dangerous—threat of cyber warfare. Discussing elements from technology and hackers to government and military strategy, this ultimate insider will open audiences’ eyes to the war of the future.

His latest book, Warnings: Finding Cassandras to Stop Catastrophes, contains seven case studies of experts who predicted disasters but were ignored, as well as seven experts currently at risk of being ignored. The studies examine the fields of finance, engineering, physics, international security, and climate science—among others—to identify “Cassandras” both past and present. Drawing from this overview, Clark and co-author R.P. Eddy detail how they developed the “Cassandra coefficient,” a methodology for determining who should be listened to and when.  The book serves as a guide for presidents and CEOs alike to recognize when an outlier expert’s dire predictions require serious consideration, and was released in May 2017.

About Richard Clarke

On cyber security, Richard Clarke’s work goes back as far as 1997 when he became the senior White House official in charge of the then nascent field. He was the first ever Special Advisor on Cyberspace Security to the President of the United States and wrote the National Plan for Cyber Security for President Clinton, as well as the National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace for President George W. Bush. Over twenty nations have since developed similar national strategies. Richard Clarke’s book CYBER WAR: The Next National Security Threat and What to do About it, is widely regarded as the seminal work on international cyber conflict.

Richard Clarke was the senior US Government Counterterrorism official under three Presidents (Bush, Clinton, Bush) over the course of an unprecedented eleven years of continuous White House service. He was one of the first officials to identify the threat from al Qaeda and to plan and direct actions against it. He was the national crisis manager on 9-11, and his work and experience in Counterterrorism were summarized on an unclassified basis in his #1 nation-wide best seller, Against All Enemies: Inside America’s War on Terror.

Richard Clarke’s appearance before the 9-11 Commission thrust him into the public spotlight, as he was the only US official to publicly apologize to the victim’s families. He placed the blame on the Bush Administration for its inattention to al Qaeda and was one of the first former senior officials to criticize the decision to go to war in Iraq.

With over thirty years in national security positions, Clarke served in the Pentagon, the State Department, the Intelligence Community, and the White House National Security Council. Since leaving government, he has published eight books (including four novels), served for thirteen years as an on-air consultant for ABC News, taught for five years at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and managed his own consulting firm. He is the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Middle East Institute in Washington, a highly regarded, seventy-year-old think tank.

Richard Clarke advises private equity and venture capital firms and has served on the boards of several major corporations. At the state level, he has served on the New York Governor’s Cyber Advisory Board and chaired the Virginia Cyber Commission. Following the leaks from Edward Snowden, President Obama appointed Clarke to a special review group on intelligence and technology. The five-member group went on to write the book The NSA Report: Liberty and Security in a Changing World.

Richard Clarke has appeared on television often including The Daily Show, Real Time with Bill Maher, The Colbert Report, ABC World News Tonight, CNN’s The Situation Room, Good Morning America, Meet the Press, the PBS News Hour, Charlie Rose, and PBS Frontline. He is frequently a keynote speaker at corporate, university, and government events.

Speech Topics

  • How Big is the Terrorist Threat to the US really?
  • How Corporations can be Cyber Secure
  • How to Turn Cyber War into Cyber Peace
  • Terrorism and the Middle East—The Next Round
  • The Tensions Between Privacy and Security

Books and Media

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