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Tony Sager is the Chief Technologist and a founding member of the Council on CyberSecurity - an independent, international, non-profit organization whose mission is to identify, validate and sustain best practices in cybersecurity by people, in the application of technology, and in the use of policy. He leads the development of the Top 20 Critical Security Controls, a worldwide volunteer consensus project to find and support technical practices that stop the vast majority of attacks seen today. Tony also serves as the Director of the SANS Innovation Center, a subsidiary of The SANS Institute.


Tony retired from the National Security Agency in June 2012 after 34 years as an Information Assurance professional; his last job was as Chief Operating Officer of the Information Assurance Directorate. Before that he created and led the Vulnerability Analysis and Operations Group (VAO), which was responsible for some of NSA’s most important advancements in cyber defense. Earlier at NSA, he ran the System and Network Attack Center (SNAC), and he started his career in the Communications Security (COMSEC) Intern Program, and worked as a cryptographer and a software vulnerability analyst. He was also the driver for opening up NSA guidance, analysis, and standards to the entire defensive community – reasoning that we all need to work together to improve cybersecurity.


Mr. Sager holds a B.A. in mathematics from Western Maryland College and an M.S. in computer science from The Johns Hopkins University. Tony is also a civilian graduate of the US Army Signal Officer Basic Course and the National Security Leadership Course. His journey down the road to “cyber-geekery” started on an Apple II Plus, sometime during the Bronze Age of computer security.