Bio

CiceroColonel Cedric Leighton (USAF, Ret) is an internationally known Strategic and Cyber Risk expert who has appeared on CNN, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, Bloomberg TV, CNBC, PBS, BBC, Al Jazeera, CCTV (China), C-Span, MSNBC, and several other international and domestic broadcast outlets. He is also a regular contributor to the “Capital Insider” program, a Government Affairs and Business broadcast on Washington, DC's NewsChannel 8. He provides cogent, in-depth analysis on topics as diverse as Cyber Security, International Terrorism, the rise of ISIS, Iran’s nuclear program, Syria, Libya, China, and Special Operations Forces. He provided live analysis on CNN of President Obama’s speech unveiling the new National Security Strategy of the US. He did the same for Al Jazeera America's coverage of the President's latest State of the Union Address. He has been lauded by both CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Fox News Channel’s Neil Cavuto for his “hard work” and clear analysis. He has written articles on cyber strategy, national security and management topics for publications such as AOL Defense, Business Excellence Magazine, MWorld, Leadership Excellence Magazine, theStreet.com, CNBC.com, JenningsWire, and the Huffington Post. He has appeared on national and international radio programs to include those of the Voice of America and the BBC. He has addressed National and International Conferences on National Security, Cyber, and Defense issues in locations from California to the United Arab Emirates. He is a National Journal “National Security Insider”, one of 89 nationally recognized experts who analyze national security developments for the magazine. He is a contributor to both “America’s Morning News”, where his commentary can be heard every Friday morning at 7:35 am ET by over 2 million listeners, and TheHill.com. He is a member of the Editorial Board of The Journal of Law and Cyberwarfare and has lectured at George Washington University and the Defense Intelligence College. He is a member of the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP).

As the Founder and Chairman of Cedric Leighton International Strategies, he has facilitated the adoption of critical Cyber Security projects for domestic and international clients. These projects integrate multiple Cyber Security technologies, such as Authentication, Encryption and Sanitization in order to realize "Defense in Depth" Cyber Strategies for his clients. He also works with innovative technology companies as well as Wall Street firms to facilitate the adoption of cutting-edge cyber technologies.

He founded his consultancy in 2010 after a 26-year career as an Intelligence Officer in the US Air Force, where he deployed five times to the Middle East, witnessed the Fall of the Berlin Wall, and led specialized intelligence support efforts during the "Shock and Awe" phase of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He served with Special Operations Forces and on the Air Staff and Joint Staff in the Pentagon, where he was Deputy Director of Warfighter Support and Integration in the Intelligence Directorate, JCS/J2. His last Active Duty assignment was as the Deputy Director of Training for the National Security Agency, where he helped train the nation's intelligence and Cyber Warriors. His decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and seven Meritorious Service Medals.

Colonel Leighton is a Distinguished Graduate of Cornell University's Air Force ROTC program. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in History (magna cum laude) and German Area Studies from Cornell University and a Master's Degree in International Studies from Angelo State University.