N. MacDonnell "Don" Ulsch

N. MacDonnell "Don" Ulsch

Senior Consultant to CRA
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Don has decades of experience in the fields of cyber forensics, cybercrime, national security, cyber risk, regulatory compliance and stress testing, cyber geopolitics, and cyber insurance. He has worked with many of the most established and well known corporate brands across various industries, as well as law enforcement and the intelligence community, in leading large, complex investigations and engagements to help his clients find truth in responding to allegations of fraud, abuse, misconduct, and non-compliance.

A celebrated author and public speaker, Don has been nominated for Presidential appointment in cyber security within the US Federal government. He is currently the founding President of the Mercy College Cyber Research Institute in New York. Don is developing an analytic model that is designed to enhance the ability to forecast the next generation of cyber attacks and devise interventionist strategies to reduce the risk impact associated with these emerging attacks. He is also a contributor on cyber risk matters to “Homeland Security Today.”

Don has appeared on Fox News as a cybercrime and breach analyst and on other television and radio programs. Cited in books and academic and military studies on cybersecurity, he is the author of many articles on the subject and two books: Threat! Managing Risk in a Hostile World (The IIA Research Foundation, July 2008) and CyberThreat! How to Manage the Growing Risk of Cyber Attacks (John Wiley & Sons, June 2014). His most recent book is required reading in the Master of Science in Cybersecurity Policy and Governance program at Boston College. He has written numerous articles and papers.

Don has also assisted many government entities, including serving on the United States Treasury Task Force, Office of Critical Infrastructure Protection. He served as a Trusted Advisor to the bipartisan United States Secrecy Commission (a.k.a. the Moynihan Commission) created under Title IX of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act. He worked with US Senator Sam Nunn on national information security public policy and worked with the British Ministry of Defence and the Industrial Development Board of Northern Ireland. For more than a decade during the Cold War, Don worked with the National Security Institute. He advised the Office of Counterintelligence of a US president on the matter of intelligence sharing between the government and industry, and advised a presidential campaign on cyber security issues.

Don has lectured at Boston University Law School, the University of Maine Law School, and the Pace University Lubin School of Business on cyber risk, regulatory compliance, and cyber breach impact matters. He is on the Board of Advisors at the Boston College Woods College for Advancing Studies, and the MBA program at Mercy College in New York. He is also on the adjunct faculty of the Practicing Law Institute in New York.


BA, University of North Florida