Daniel Sutherland

United States Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC

Dan is the chief legal officer of the National Protection and Programs Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security, an organization responsible for cybersecurity, telecommunications, biometrics and infrastructure resilience, operating with a budget over $1 billion and a workforce of almost 4,000. He leads a division of thirty attorneys who negotiate complex technology agreements, provide daily operational support to a cybersecurity operations center, advocate the agency’s positions in litigation, draft and negotiate legislation, and respond to audits and investigations. Dan’s position builds on a career focused on issues at the intersection of civil liberties and national security, with a particular focus on technology issues and solutions. Previously, Dan served in the Senior National Intelligence Service and was referred to by Wired as “one of the government’s point people on stemming the appeal of al-Qaida.” In 2003, Dan was appointed by President Bush to serve as the first Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the Department of Homeland Security, where he served until 2009.