The Cambridge Cyber Summit

Rob Joyce

Rob Joyce is the White House cybersecurity coordinator and special assistant to the President of the United States.

Previously, Joyce served as the chief of the National Security Agency's Tailored Access Operations organization. As chief of TAO, Joyce led an organization that provided unique, highly valued capabilities to the intelligence community and the nation's leadership. The TAO is the NSA mission element charged with providing tools and expertise in computer network exploitation to deliver foreign intelligence.

Joyce served at the NSA for more than 25 years, holding various leadership positions within both NSA missions: the Information Assurance and Signals Intelligence Directorates. Prior to becoming the Chief of TAO, Rob served as the Deputy Director of the Information Assurance Directorate at NSA, where he led efforts to harden, protect and defend the Nation's most critical National Security systems and improve cybersecurity for the nation.

Joyce began his career as an engineer and is a technologist at heart. He holds a BS degree in electrical and computer engineering from Clarkson University in 1989 and earned a Master's in electrical engineering from Johns Hopkins University. He was elevated to the Senior Executive Service in 2001. Throughout his career with NSA, he has been the recipient of two Presidential Rank Awards, one meritorious and one at the distinguished level.

Joyce is a Scout Master and enjoys participating with the Boy Scouts in the annual World Championship of Punkin Chunkin, building a contraption to fling pumpkins for distance. Over the Christmas holidays, Joyce runs a computerized light display synchronized to music, which is likely visible from the International Space Station.