Michael Tanji is an intelligence and cybersecurity expert, who began his career as a member of the U.S. Army’s Military Intelligence Corps. Working in a number of positions of increasing responsibility in signals intelligence, computer security, and information security, he served in a variety of strategic assignments Maryland and Hawaii, and participated in Desert Storm.
Mike later joined the Defense Intelligence Agency, where he managed the Defense Indications and Warning System for Computer Network Operations; the system used to provide strategic warning of cyber threats from nation-states and non-state actors. He was one of the handful of intelligence officers selected by-name to provide intelligence support to the Joint Task Force – Computer Network Defense, the predecessor organization to U.S. Cyber Command. His expertise led to his selection as his agency’s representative to numerous joint-, inter-agency, and international efforts to deal with cyber security issues, including projects for the National Intelligence Council, National Security Council, and NATO. After September 11th 2001 Mike created the DOD’s first computer forensics and intelligence fusion team, which produced the first assessments based on digital intelligence obtained from the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq.
After leaving government service in 2005 Michael worked in various cybersecurity and intelligence roles in private industry. He has held co-founder and executive roles in multiple start-ups, including Kyrus Tech, Carbon Black, Senrio, and Syndis.
Michael’s most recent book is Working in Cybersecurity, an oral history of the people who strive to make cyberspace a safer and more secure place. He is also the editor of and a contributor to Threats in the Age of Obama, a compendium of articles on wide-ranging national and international security issues. He has been interviewed by radio and print media on his experiences and expertise on security and intelligence issues.
Michael was awarded a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Hawaii Pacific University, a master’s degree in computer fraud and forensics from George Washington University. He earned the CISSP credential in 1999.