Chris Finan is a security entrepreneur and policy expert. Chris co-founded Manifold Technology, a Silicon Valley-based startup that delivered cryptographic transaction infrastructure to the Global 500.
He formerly led business development for Impermium, a cybersecurity company that was acquired by Google. Prior to that, Chris was the Product Director for Plan X, a Department of Defense cyber warfare research and development program at DARPA.
Chris also previously served in the Obama Administration as the Director for Cybersecurity Legislation and Policy on the National Security Council staff in the White House. During his time on the NSC, Chris led the administration’s legislative reform efforts, played a key role in the data privacy debate, and spearheaded the Executive Order that directed the NIST cybersecurity risk framework. Chris began his career in the U.S. Air Force as a pilot and intelligence officer, including a tour in Iraq where he worked as an intelligence officer and liaison to the Iraqi government. Chris is a senior fellow with Technology for Global Security (T4GS). He’s a regular contributor on Bloomberg News and MSNBC, and his writing has been featured in the New York Times, Politico, Time and Wired.