SIPA Faculty-Jason Healey

Jason Healey

Senior Research Scholar in the Faculty of International and Public Affairs; Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

SIPA Faculty-Jason Healey

International Affairs Building, Room 1337

Personal Details

Jason Healey is a Senior Research Scholar at Columbia University’s School for International and Public Affairs specializing in cyber conflict, competition and cooperation. Prior to this, he was the founding director of the Cyber Statecraft Initiative of the Atlantic Council where he remains a Senior Fellow. His was the editor of the first history of conflict in cyberspace, A Fierce Domain: Cyber Conflict, 1986 to 2012 and co-authored the book Cyber Security Policy Guidebook by Wiley.

His ideas on cyber topics have been widely published in over a hundred articles and essays published by the World Economic Forum, Aspen Strategy Group, Atlantic Council, and National Research Council. A Fierce Domain was reviewed favorably in the Economist and by numerous government leaders, including both the President of Estonia and former head of the CIA and NSA. Jason is also president of the Cyber Conflict Studies Association and previously was adjunct faculty at National Cryptologic School, Georgetown University, and Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He is an affiliate at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Arms Control.

Jason was one of the pioneers of cyber threat intelligence and has unique experience working issues of cyber conflict and security spanning fifteen years across the public and private sectors. As Director for Cyber Infrastructure Protection at the White House from 2003 to 2005, he helped advise the President and coordinated US efforts to secure US cyberspace and critical infrastructure. He has worked twice for Goldman Sachs, first to anchor their team for responding to cyber attacks and later, as an executive director in Hong Kong to manage Asia-wide business continuity and create the bank’s regional crisis management capabilities to respond to earthquakes, tsunamis, or terrorist attacks. Immediately after the 9/11 attacks, his efforts as vice chairman of the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center created bonds between the finance sector and government that remain strong today.

Starting his career in the United States Air Force, Jason earned two Meritorious Service Medals for his early work in cyber operations at Headquarters Air Force at the Pentagon and as a plankowner (founding member) of the Joint Task Force – Computer Network Defense, the world’s first joint cyber warfighting unit. He has degrees from the United States Air Force Academy (Political Science), Johns Hopkins University (Liberal Arts) and James Madison University (Information Security). He has been an improv comedian in Washington DC and Hong Kong.


  • United States Air Force Academy
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • James Madison University

Research And Publications

Cyber Risk and Financial Stability – An Atlas for Macroprudential Analysis

Jun 2022

Columbia SIPA Working Paper

Patricia Mosser

Jason Healey

Rachel Adeney

Danielle Murad-Waiss

In The Media

Jason Healey discusses the foundational principles of cyber conflict, the importance of soft power in influencing adversaries, and the need for greater awareness of key documents shaping the field. 

Apr 02 2024
The CyberWire
Technology & Innovation

Report of diverse cybersecurity experts draws on recent high-profile incidents.

Nov 20 2023
Technology & Innovation

In this recent podcast conversation, Jason Healey looks back on 25 years of White House cyber policies dating from the Clinton administration to the present day.

Oct 31 2023
Hack the Planet
Technology & Innovation

Professor Jason Healey uses two existing frameworks - the NIST CSF and Lockheed Martin's Cyber Kill Chain - to map the advantages that AI poses for both offense and defense in cyberspace. 

Oct 20 2023
The Strategist
Technology & Innovation

The new National Cybersecurity Strategy, writes Jason Healey, builds on a longstanding consensus but differs in important and perhaps overdue ways.

Jun 02 2023