Joel F. Brenner


Joel F. Brenner is a Senior Advisor at The Chertoff Group. He specializes in cyber and physical security, data protection and privacy, intelligence law, the administration of classified information and facilities, and the regulation of sensitive cross-border transactions. Joel 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. From 2002 to 2006, Joel was NSA’s Inspector General, responsible for top-secret internal audits and investigations. He has also served as a prosecutor in the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division and has extensive trial and arbitration experience in private practice. He has represented companies and individuals in a wide variety of transactions and proceedings including sensitive foreign acquisitions, internal corporate and government investigations. He has years of experience inside and outside government involving national and homeland security. In addition to his practice, Joel is a Senior Research Fellow at the MIT, where he divides his time between the Center for International Studies and the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab. At MIT he works on protecting critical infrastructure networks and on intelligence and security issues. He has written successful books and was awarded the Intelligence Community Achievement Medal in July 2009.