Michael Shank

Senior Advisor

Areas of Focus:

Threat Operations

Cybersecurity Policy and Risk Management

Cyber and Intelligence Operations

Previous Experience:

Staff Director for Minority Members, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, U.S. House of Representatives 

First NSA/CSS Representative to US Cyber Command

Deputy NSA Chief of Staff for Cyber

Deputy Commander, Menwith Hill Station (2007 – 2009)

Associate Director, NSA/CSS Threat Operations Center (2006 – 2007)

National Security Agency’s senior representative in the Pentagon (2005 – 2006)

Director, Information Operations Technology Center (IOTC) (2002 – 2004)

Michael Shank is a Senior Advisor to The Chertoff Group. Most recently, Mr. Shank was the Staff Director for Minority Members on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

Previously, Mr. Shank was the first NSA/CSS Representative to U.S. Cyber Command.  As the senior advisor, he provided technical knowledge, insight and leadership to optimize NSA/CSS enterprise support to the United States Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) and their service components.  Prior to that assignment, he served as the Deputy NSA Chief of Staff for Cyber and was responsible for Cyber Strategy and Policy and for NSA/CSS support to planning for USCYBERCOM.

Mr. Shank served as Deputy Commander of the Menwith Hill Station from July 2007 to 2009, providing overall NSA senior management for the largest field site and contingent of NSA personnel outside of Headquarters. While Associate Director of the NSA/CSS Threat Operations Center from August 2006 - July 2007, Mr. Shank was responsible for the development of the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI).

From February 2005 - July 2006, as NSA/CSS Representative to the U.S. Department of Defense, Mr. Shank served as DIRNSA’s senior representative to the Pentagon and provided Cryptologic leadership and technical insight in support of the Department of Defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Service Headquarters senior leadership.

Mr. Shank also served as Director of Information Operations Technology Center (IOTC) from April 2002 to February 2004.  The IOTC, established by the Secretary of Defense and the Director of Central Intelligence in March 1997, was a partnership through which the Defense and Intelligence communities worked together to improve the nation’s technical capabilities to conduct information operations.  Additionally, he established Network Attack Support Staff (NASS) as the permanent staff element of the U.S. Strategic Command’s Deputy Commander, Network Attack Planning and Integration, and he served as Chief of Staff to the Deputy Commander for Network Attack from August 2003 - February 2005.  Mr. Shank was also an influential contributor in the January 2005 establishment of JFCC-NW.

He is viewed as an imaginative theorist and operational planner for the employment of Cyber and Intelligence operations.  As a direct outcome of his contributions, the NSA/CSS and the U.S. CYBERCOMMAND served as key sources of technical expertise and operational capability for projecting power and conducting defense in cyberspace.