Laura Galante

Laura Galante is a leading voice on information operations and intelligence analysis.


She analyzes how states use cyberspace, describing a domain where militaries, intelligence services, criminal groups, and individuals actively pursue their interests—with far fewer restraints than in the physical world.

Recognized as a leading authority on cyber threats, information operations, and intelligence analysis, Laura founded Galante Strategies in 2017 to equip governments and corporations to respond effectively to cyber and information threats. Galante’s recent work has included developing an operational cybersecurity framework for the Ukrainian government, briefing the US experience combating advanced cyber threats to the Italian government, financial sector and trade associations; and raising national awareness of cybersecurity issues in Kosovo and Serbia. In November 2016 she spoke at the UN Security Council’s meeting on cybersecurity and international peace and security.

She previously served as Director of Global Intelligence at FireEye where her teams investigated network activity, profiled advanced cyber threats, and portrayed the political, military, and financial implications of cyber operations. A founding member of Mandiant Intelligence, her work has included leading strategic analysis, developing intelligence capabilities and offerings, and directing intelligence publications including: APT28: A Window into Russia’s State Cyber Espionage; Red Line Drawn: China Recalculates its Use of Cyber Espionageand  Hacking the Street? FIN4 Likely Playing the Market among others.

She frequently appears on and provides commentary to: CNN, Bloomberg, NPR, BBC, Fox News, The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, the Associated Press, and other global and industry media.

Prior to her work at FireEye and Mandiant, Laura led a contractor team analyzing cyber capability development and military doctrine at the U.S. Department of Defense. She supported the 2010 U.S.-Russia bilateral information security talks.

Laura holds a J.D. from the Catholic University of America, and a B.A. in Foreign Affairs and Italian from the University of Virginia.

Laura Galante at TED 2017.