May 2, 2024


Center for Cybersecurity Policy and Law

Center for Cybersecurity Policy and Law Launches Fellowship Program with Two Inaugural Cybersecurity Fellows 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the Center for Cybersecurity Policy and Law (CCPL) announced the launch of its inaugural fellows program with two former government and industry security experts. 

CCPL’s inaugural cohort includes security policy experts Donna Dodson and Mark Bohannon. Both incoming fellows bring a breadth of cybersecurity experience across government and industry. 

The Fellowship program will be housed at the Center and will recruit leading public and private sector policy experts to assist CCPL in pursuing meaningful cybersecurity policy research and best practices.  

Donna Dodson brings years of technical and policy experience to the Center, having served as Chief of the Cybersecurity Division, the Inaugural Director of the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, the ITL Association Director for Cybersecurity, and as the Chief Cybersecurity Advisor at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). 

Mark Bohannon has decades of experience in the software industry and technology policy space, most recently as Vice President of Global Public Policy at Red Hat, where he focused heavily on cybersecurity. He previously served as Chief Counsel for Technology and Counsellor to the Under Secretary at the U.S. Department of Commerce.

“It’s an honor to be able to join the CCPL team as one of the organization’s first fellows,” said Bohannon. “It’s a privilege to kick off this exciting program with my former colleague and friend Donna Dodson and work with other policy experts in the security space to help safeguard our digital world.”

“As a fellow, I’m honored to be able to work alongside some of the cyber industry’s most influential voices,” said Dodson. “Implementing good security policy is a cross-sector effort and I thank the Center for Cybersecurity Policy and Law for this exciting opportunity.”

CCPL’s fellows will help lead policy research for key reports and whitepapers, while members and staff will leverage their expertise for additional perspectives. Given their past experience, Dodson and Bohannon will focus much of their work on cryptography, open source and software supply chain.

“We’re thrilled to jumpstart the Fellowship program and bring well known cybersecurity experts with diverse expertise to the Center,” said Ari Schwartz, coordinator of the Center for Cybersecurity Policy and Law. “We have two genuine superstars in Donna and Mark. We look forward to working with both of them and witnessing their impact.”

“The Center is tremendously fortunate to have two globally recognized cybersecurity policy leaders join in this capacity,” said David Hoffman, chair of the Center for Cybersecurity Policy and Law’s board. “Their long history of accomplishment and deep expertise will be of immeasurable value to the Center as we advance cybersecurity policy around the world.”

About the Center for Cybersecurity Policy and Law:

The Center for Cybersecurity Policy and Law is an independent organization dedicated to enhancing cybersecurity worldwide by providing government, private industry, and civil society with practices and policies to better manage security threats. Established in 2017 as a 501(c)(6) nonprofit, the Center combines policy expertise with convening power to bring industry leaders together with policymakers, form coalitions, and launch initiatives that produce real-world outcomes.

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