Recognized as a leading authority on cyber threats, information operations, and intelligence analysis, Laura Galante founded Galante Strategies in 2017 to equip governments and corporations to respond effectively to cyber and information threats. Recent work has included: developing an operational cybersecurity framework for the Ukrainian government; briefing the US experience combating advanced cyber threats to the Italian government, financial sector and trade associations; and raising national awareness of cybersecurity issues in Kosovo and Serbia.
A Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative, Laura previously served as the Director of Global Intelligence at the cybersecurity company, FireEye Inc. (formerly Mandiant). Her work included exposing nation state and criminal cyber operations, developing intelligence capabilities and offerings, and directing publications including: APT28: A Window into Russia’s State Cyber Espionage; Red Line Drawn: China Recalculates its Use of Cyber Espionage; and Hacking the Street? FIN4 Likely Playing the Market, among others. Prior to her work in the tech sector, Laura led a team analyzing cyber capability and military doctrine contracted at the U.S. Department of Defense. She took part in the 2010 U.S.-Russia bilateral information security talks.
Laura has testified before the UN Security Council and regularly comments in global and industry media, including the BBC, CNN, NBC, NPR, Bloomberg, PBS, The New York Times, Le Monde, The Financial Times, Der Spiegel, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. She frequently serves as a keynote speaker and gave a TED talk at TED2017. Laura holds a B.A. in Foreign Affairs and Italian from the University of Virginia and a J.D. from the Catholic University of America. She serves on the boards of Safeguard Cyber, a Charlottesville-based digital protection company, and the Northern Virginia 4-H Center in Front Royal, VA. She lives on a farm in rural Virginia with her husband and son.