Joel F. Brenner

MIT Center for International Studies; MIT Internet Policy Research Initiative

Joel F. Brenner

Joel F. Brenner is Senior Research Fellow at MIT Center for International Studies & MIT Internet Policy Research Initiative.

Previously, Brenner was senior counsel at the National Security Agency, advising Agency leadership on the public-private effort to create better security for the Internet.

From 2006 until mid-2009, he was the head of U.S. counterintelligence under the Director of National Intelligence and was responsible for integrating the counterintelligence activities of the 17 departments and agencies with intelligence authorities, including the FBI and CIA and elements of the Departments of Defense, Energy, and Homeland Security.

From 2002–2006, Brenner was NSA's inspector general, responsible for that agency's top-secret internal audits and investigations.

Brenner is the author of America the Vulnerable: Inside the New Threat Matrix of Digital Espionage, Crime, and Warfare (Penguin Press, 2011).

Last Updated: July 10, 2017