HERBERT S. LIN is chief scientist at the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, National Research Council of the National Academies, where he has been the study director of major projects on public policy and information technology. These projects include a number of studies related to cybersecurity: Cryptography’s Role in Securing the Information Society (1996); Realizing the Potential of C4I: Fundamental Challenges (1999); Engaging Privacy and Information Technology in a Digital Age (2007); Toward a Safer and More Secure Cyberspace (2007); Technology, Policy, Law, and Ethics Regarding U.S. Acquisition and Use of Cyberattack Capabilities (2009); and Proceedings of a Workshop on Deterring Cyberattacks: Informing Strategies and Developing Options (2010). Prior to his NRC service, he was a professional staff member and staff scientist for the House Armed Services Committee (1986-1990), where his portfolio included defense policy and arms control issues. He received his doctorate in physics from MIT.
ERIC WHITAKER is a senior program assistant at the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the National Research Council. Prior to joining the CSTB, he was a realtor with Long and Foster Real Estate, Inc., in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Before that, he spent several years with the Public Broadcasting Service in Alexandria, Virginia, as an associate in the Corporate Support Department. He has a B.A. in communication from Hampton University.