Senior Vice President of Legal Affairs and Chief Risk Officer, CrowdStrike
and former Deputy Assistant Director, Cyber, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Steven Chabinsky is Senior Vice President of Legal Affairs and Chief Risk Officer for CrowdStrike. In this role, Mr. Chabinsky advises the company on all cyber legal, privacy, and reputational issues across the business from product development to execution. Prior to joining CrowdStrike, Mr. Chabinsky had a distinguished career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation where, as Deputy Assistant Director, he attained the highest ranking civilian (non-law enforcement officer) position in the FBI's Cyber Division. In that capacity he helped oversee all FBI investigative strategies, intelligence analysis, policy development, and major outreach efforts that focused on protecting the United States from cyber attack, cyber espionage, online child exploitation, and Internet fraud. For over ten years, Mr. Chabinsky helped shape and draft many of the most significant US national cyber and infrastructure protection strategies, to include the Homeland Security Act of 2002, the National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace of 2003 and, in 2008, National Security Presidential Directive 54, which includes the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative. Between 2007 and 2009, Mr. Chabinsky served in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) in various capacities, including Acting Assistant Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Cyber, Chairman of the National Cyber Study Group, and Director of the Joint Interagency Cyber Task Force. In these roles, he led national intelligence efforts to coordinate, monitor, and provide recommendations to the President of the United States regarding implementation of America’s cyber strategy. Prior to his ODNI tour, Mr. Chabinsky served as chief of the FBI’s Cyber Intelligence Section where he organized and led the FBI’s analysis and reporting on terrorism, foreign intelligence, and criminal matters having a cyber threat nexus.
Mr. Chabinsky joined the FBI in 1995 as an attorney in the Office of the General Counsel where he initially focused on employment law and personnel litigation. In 1998, Mr. Chabinsky was selected as the Principal Legal Advisor to the multi-agency National Infrastructure Protection Center (NIPC) and became Senior Counsel to the FBI's Cyber Division upon its creation in 2002, during which time he rose in prominence as one of the nation's foremost authorities in the complex areas of cyber law, surveillance law, information sharing, and privacy. Mr. Chabinsky played a prominent role in the national expansion of InfraGard, a critical infrastructure partnership between the private sector, academia, and government agencies. Mr. Chabinsky helped develop InfraGard from an organization with roughly two hundred unvetted members located in three cities into its current size of over 50,000 vetted members meeting in over 85 cities. Between 2002 and 2003, Mr. Chabinsky also served in the White House Transition Planning Office for the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, overseeing all legal issues associated with standing up DHS' Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection Directorate.
Prior to joining the FBI, Mr. Chabinsky worked as an associate attorney in the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York City practicing complex litigation including insurance and reinsurance contract disputes, class action product liability, and internal investigations. Mr. Chabinsky clerked for the Honorable Judge Dennis G. Jacobs (now Chief Judge) of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and holds his undergraduate and law degrees, both with honors, from Duke University. He has testified before the House and Senate, and is a frequent keynote speaker and guest lecturer. His ideas have been featured in print news media, he has appeared on radio and television, and he is the author of the article "Cybersecurity Strategy: A Primer for Policy Makers and Those on the Front Line," published in the peer-reviewed Journal of National Security Law and Policy. He is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, including the National Security Agency's bronze medallion for inspired leadership, the ODNI's bronze medallion for Collection, and the Rank Award of Meritorious Executive conferred by the President of the United States for unwavering leadership and sustained extraordinary performance. In August 2012, Mr. Chabinsky was selected as one of Security magazine's "Most Influential People in Security."