Daniel Earl Geer, Jr., Sc.D.

Chief Information Security Officer, In-Q-Tel

An entrepreneur, author, scientist, consultant, teacher, and architect, Dr. Daniel Geer is also Principal of Geer Risk Services.

Dr. Geer serves as Chief Information Security Officer at In-Q-Tel. Previously, Dr. Geer served as VP and Chief Scientist Emeritus at Verdasys and CTO of @stake, a leading digital security consulting firm. Dr. Geer also ran the development arm of MIT's Project Athena, where his staff on his watch pioneered Kerberos, the X Window System, and much of what we take for granted in distributed computing. In past positions as a consultant and an officer in a number of startups, he has provided industry leaders with high-level strategies in all matters of digital security and in promising areas of security research. He is a widely noted author in scientific journals and the technology press, and has co-authored several books on risk management and information security.

Dr. Geer has testified before Congress on multiple occasions and has served in formal advisory roles for the Federal Trade Commission, the National Science Foundation, the Treasury Department, the National Research Council, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Department of Defense, the National Institute of Justice and the Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection.

Dr. Geer holds several security patents, and received an ScD. in biostatistics from Harvard and an S.B. in electrical engineering from MIT. He serves both fiduciary and non-fiduciary roles for a number of promising startups. He is also past president of the USENIX Association.

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