Matt Olsen


Former Director of the National Counterterrorism Center

Matt Olsen has worked for over two decades as a leader on national security, cyber security, and law enforcement issues.

Appointed by the President to serve as the Director of the National Counterterrorism Center, Matt led the government’s efforts to integrate and analyze terrorism information and coordinate counterterrorism operations from 2011 to 2014. Prior to joining NCTC, Olsen was the General Counsel for the National Security Agency, serving as NSA’s chief legal officer and focusing on surveillance law, privacy, and cyber operations.

Matt also served in leadership positions at the Department of Justice, where he managed national security and criminal cases and helped establish the National Security Division. Matt also was Special Counsel to the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. For over a decade, Olsen worked as a federal prosecutor.

Matt is a co-founder of IronNet Cybersecurity, a technology firm based in Washington, D.C., where he leads business development and strategy.  In addition to his work with IronNet Cybersecurity, Matt teachers at Harvard Law School and is a national security analyst for ABC News. He is an adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security and serves on the board of Human Rights First and several government advisory boards.

Matt graduated from the University of Virginia and Harvard Law School.