“I use ‘disruptive’ in both its good and bad connotations. Disruptive scientific and technological progress is not to me inherently good or inherently evil. But its arc is for us to shape. Technology’s progress is furthermore in my judgment unstoppable. But it is quite incorrect that it unfolds inexorably according to its own internal logic and the laws of nature.”
Jen Easterly is a Managing Director of Morgan Stanley and Global Head of the Firm’s Cybersecurity Fusion Center, charged with assessing, detecting, and responding to cyber threats, vulnerabilities, and incidents that incur risk to the Firm. She joined the firm in February 2017 after nearly three decades in U.S. Government service. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Jen served on the National Security Council as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Counterterrorism, where she led the development and coordination of U.S. counterterrorism and hostage policy. Prior to that, she was the Deputy for Counterterrorism at the National Security Agency, helping to lead operations to detect and disrupt terrorist attacks against the U.S. and our allies. A two-time recipient of the Bronze Star, Jen retired from the U.S. Army after more than twenty years of service in intelligence and cyber operations, including tours of duty in Haiti, the Balkans, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Responsible for standing up the Army’s first cyber battalion, Jen was also instrumental in the creation of United States Cyber Command. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a French-American Foundation Young Leader, Jen is a Fellow of the 2018 class of the Aspen Finance Leaders Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. She is also a Senior International Security Fellow at the New America Foundation, as well as the past recipient of the Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship and the Director, National Security Agency Fellowship. A distinguished graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Jen holds a master’s degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from the University of Oxford, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. A Trustee of the Morgan Stanley Foundation, Jen serves on the Board of Nuru International, a non-profit dedicated to the eradication of extreme poverty, and on the Advisory Council for Hostage US, which supports the families of Americans taken hostage abroad and hostages when they return home. She is the 2018 recipient of the James W. Foley American Hostage Freedom Award.