Ben Flatgard

Alliance 21 Fellow, United States Studies Centre

Ben Flatgard is the 2017 Alliance 21 Fellow at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney.

Ben previously served in the Obama Administration from 2009-2017. In his most recent post as Director for Cybersecurity Policy on the National Security Council, Ben was responsible for leading policy cybersecurity development related to protection of critical infrastructure and emerging technologies. 

Before joining the National Security Council, Ben served as Senior Advisor for the Assistant Secretary of Treasury for Financial Institutions. In this role, he acted as chief of staff and senior policy adviser on matters related to financial technology, cybersecurity, financial regulatory reform, consumer protection, and community lending. Prior to his time at Treasury, Ben was the Special Assistant to the Secretary of Commerce and Director for Economics at the Presidential Personnel Office of the White House. Ben held a variety of roles on the Obama for America campaign from 2007-2008. 

Ben is founder and principal of Cycise, LLC, a security consultancy and technology company. Cycise advises companies on cybersecurity and technology regulatory policy, as well as enterprise security and secure product design. Ben is also a Millennium Fellow at the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC. 

Ben received his Masters in Politics from the University of Edinburgh. 

Areas of expertise

  • US foreign policy, defence and strategy