Who's Who of Top Executives

J. Michael Daniel

Title: President and Chief Executive Officer
Company: Cyber Threat Alliance
Location: Arlington, Virginia, United States

J. Michael Daniel, president and chief executive officer of Cyber Threat Alliance, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the cybersecurity industry.

Drawing on more than three decades of experience, Mr. Daniel is a proven expert in the field of cybersecurity. Since 2017, he has served as the president and chief executive officer of Cyber Threat Alliance (CTA), a nonprofit organization focused on raising the level of cybersecurity across the global digital ecosystem. As part of his duties in the field, Mr. Daniel specializes in explaining cybersecurity to non-technical audiences, enabling organizations to manage their cybersecurity more effectively, and developing effective cybersecurity policies, whether at the organizational, local, national, or international level. To wit, he prides himself on delivering his company’s unique services to a variety of clients, from technical audiences to company executives. 

Prior to his current position, Mr. Daniel served as the US Cybersecurity Coordinator and Special Assistant to the President in the Executive Office of the President, as part of the National Security Council at The White House in Washington, D.C. from 2012 to 2017. From 1995 to 2012, he worked for the Office of Management and Budget, serving as the Chief of the Intelligence Branch from 2011 to 2012. At the onset of his career, Mr. Daniel was as a research assistant at the Southern Center for International Studies between 1992 and 1993.

Before embarking on his professional career, Mr. Daniel pursued attended Princeton University and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy in 1992 with a certificate in Russian Studies. He subsequently continued his studies at the Harvard Kennedy School and received a Master of Public Policy in national security in 1995. Finally, Mr. Daniel achieved a Master of Science in National Resource Planning at the National Defense University in 2001

Well-regarded for his civic-minded attitude, Mr. Daniel has participated in the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Cybersecurity and is serving as co-chair for the 2023-2024 term. Furthermore, he maintains an affiliation with the Aspen Institute’s U.S. Cybersecurity Group, the Ransomware Task Force, the Nonprofit Cyber Coalition, the WEF’s Partnership Against Cybercrime,  the Forbes Technology Council, and the New York Cyber Task Force. He also served as a member of the Task Force for Trustworthy Future Web in 2023. He has been honored with numerous accolades throughout his career, most recently including a Leadership Award from the Baldridge Foundation in 2023. Accounting for his achievements, Mr. Daniel is particularly proud of his work during the Obama Administration.

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