Cybersecurity and Governance
Jake Braun, MA
Executive Director for the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy’s Cyber Policy Initiative
Jake Braun is the Executive Director for the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy’s Cyber Policy Initiative, where he works at the center of politics, technology, and national security to advance the field of cyber policy. Mr. Braun has worked extensively on national security and finance issues throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America.
Mr. Braun served in the Obama Administration as White House Liaison to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) where he oversaw some of the most high profile public engagements executed at DHS. Prior to his tenure as White House Liaison, Mr. Braun served on the Presidential Transition Team for the Obama Administration as Deputy Director for the National Security Agencies Review.
In addition to his role at Harris, Mr. Braun is co-founder of the DEF CON Voting Machine Hacking Village, the largest hacker conference in the world and in cooperation with them he has co-authored two fundamental and critically acclaimed reports on election infrastructure cyber vulnerabilities, The DEF CON 25 and 26 Voting Village Reports.
Mr. Braun began his career as a journalist for newspapers in Illinois and Taiwan. He holds an MA in International Relations from Troy St. University, an MA in Education from National-Louis University in Chicago, and a BA in Philosophy from Loyola University of Chicago.
Philip Stupak, JD
Senior Advisor, Cambridge Global
Phil Stupak is a Senior Advisor at Cambridge Global where he provides bespoke government relations solutions to companies operating within the cybersecurity, homeland security, and national security environment. He is also a Senior Fellow at the University of Chicago's Harris Cyber Policy Initiative where he focuses on disinformation campaigns, election security, and AI policy.
Mr. Stupak previously served in President Obama's Administration where he handled cybersecurity, technology research & development, national security, and international relations portfolios for the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In that role, he served on the executive team implementing President Obama’s Executive Order 13636, Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity; developed the first version of DHS’s continuous diagnostic monitoring (CDM) program as well as conception-to-deployment of EINSTEIN 3A; chaired the internal DHS China Working Group; launched the first ministerial-level engagement on cybersecurity cooperation between DHS and the People’s Republic of China’s Ministry of Public Security; ran the DHS Data Sharing Framework working group; and worked on interagency law enforcement task forces investigating significant cybersecurity hacks (including the 2013 $45-million ATM cyber heist). Mr. Stupak also helped negotiate the U.S.-EU Passenger Name Records Agreement, which improved the safety and security of both continents through secure data sharing on inbound passengers from the EU.
Before joining President Obama’s Administration, Phil served as counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on House Administration, led then-Senator Obama’s 2008 field campaign in northern Michigan, and served in the General Counsel’s office at the New York City Board of Elections.
He has a BA from the University of California, Berkeley and a JD from the University of Richmond.