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Bruce McConnell

Bruce McConnell

Senior Counselor: U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Bruce McConnell is Senior Counselor for National Protection and Programs, US Department of Homeland Security, where he advises and advocates across the entire range of cybersecurity issues.

Over the past 35 years, Bruce McConnell has created, led, and managed transitions in successful for-profit, nonprofit, and governmental organizations of all sizes. His vocation is to analyze, advise, and act in the marketplaces of ideas and commerce where business, government, technology, and social forces come together. He has cultivated a profound understanding of these forces’ interplay and their continual expression in cyberspace and the “real world.”

Prior to coming to DHS in July 2009, McConnell served on the Obama-Biden Transition Project as a member of the Technology Innovation and Government Reform team, and as leader of the National Archives and Government Printing Office agency review teams. He also served as a group chair on the Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th Presidency, organized by the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

From 2000-2008, he created and grew McConnell International, LLC, a Washington-based consultancy that provides accurate, unvarnished counsel to corporate senior management responsible for developing and executing near-term and long-term market strategy, wherever government is a factor. During this time he also created Government Futures, a Web 2.0 company that used collective intelligence, including prediction markets, to advise clients on the directions government would be taking 18-36 months out. In September 2008 he sold these firms to Clinton-Rubin, LLC, an emerging management consulting firm based in Philadelphia.

From 1985-1999, McConnell served three U.S. Presidents as an actor and adviser on national information society issues. As chief of information and technology policy at the White House Office of Management and Budget, he led the government-industry team that reformed U.S. encryption export policy, created an information security strategy for government agencies, redirected government technology procurement and management along commercial lines, and extended the presumption of open government information onto the Internet. From 1999-2000, he established and led the International Y2K Cooperation Center, sponsored by the United Nations and the World Bank.

McConnell is a frequent speaker and writer, in English and French, on the future of global networks, e-government, cyber security, privacy, technology management, and network governance. He is a member of the CSIS Commission for Cyber Security for the 44th Presidency, and has served on boards at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Maryland’s Smith School of Business, and the American Council of Technology. He is on the board of the Gangaji Foundation and a Trustee of the IT History Society.

He graduated from Stanford University’s School of Engineering with a major in Resource Strategy, and from the University of Washington in Public Administration. He is married to Margaret Anderson, sings tenor, and plays a fair game of tennis.


Location: Independence Ballroom A Level:
Bruce McConnell (U.S. Department of Homeland Security), Rick Wesson (Support Intelligence), Price Floyd (Department of Defense)
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