About the Expert

Expert Bio

Tarah Wheeler is senior fellow for global cyber policy at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). She is also an information security executive, social scientist in the area of international conflict, and author.

Wheeler is CEO of the information security consultancy Red Queen Dynamics. She is an Electronic Frontier Foundation advisory board member, an inaugural contributing cybersecurity expert for the Washington Post, and a Foreign Policy contributor on cyber warfare. She is the author of the best-selling Women In Tech: Take Your Career to The Next Level With Practical Advice And Inspiring Stories. She has been the Brookings Institution’s contributing cybersecurity editor, a cyber project fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University‘s Kennedy School of Government, an international security fellow at New America leading a new international cybersecurity capacity building project with the Hewlett Foundation’s cyber initiative, and a U.S./UK Fulbright scholar in cyber security.

Wheeler has been head of offensive security and technical data privacy at Splunk and senior director of engineering and principal security advocate at Symantec Website Security. She has led projects at Microsoft Game Studios (Halo and Lips) and architected systems at encrypted mobile communications firm Silent Circle. She has spoken on information security at the European Union, Malaysian Securities Commission, OECD and FTC, for Foreign Policy, universities such as Stanford University, American University, West Point, and Oxford University, and multiple governmental and industry conferences. 


  • Electronic Frontier Foundation, advisory board member
  • Red Queen Dynamics, chief executive officer

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