Danielle Kriz

Director, Global Cybersecurity Policy
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Danielle Kriz has 18 years of government and industry experience formulating policy for the high-tech industry. Kriz joined the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) in 2010 to build its global cybersecurity practice.  As director for global cybersecurity policy, she leads ITI’s work advancing the high-tech industry’s positions on cybersecurity policy issues both domestically and abroad. In particular, Kriz works to encourage governments around the world -- including the U.S. Government -- to leverage the considerable work industry is doing to improve cybersecurity and to follow globally accepted policy approaches that meet security needs while facilitating interoperability and a global marketplace. Kriz also represents ITI on the Executive Committee of the IT Sector Coordinating Council (IT SCC), and was elected to be the organization’s vice chair in February 2014.

Before joining ITI, Kriz spent four years at Canyon Snow Consulting in Silicon Valley, where she created and implemented government affairs strategies for high-tech and clean-tech companies. Prior to that, she spent a decade in the U.S. Government working on high-tech trade policy. From 1999-2006, she was a trade policy analyst in the Office of Technology & Electronic Commerce in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. There, she focused on Europe and Latin America before managing the Department’s IT and e-commerce trade negotiations with Japan. At Commerce, she developed and implemented U.S. Government policy positions on multiple and complex global IT and e-commerce issues impacting IT and other multinational firms and worked directly with foreign government and industry counterparts to resolve issues. Her work promoted greater IT and e-commerce use in foreign countries, augmented cross-border regulatory/policy compatibility and cross-border e-commerce, and improved U.S. business opportunities. She negotiated the “U.S.-Japan Joint Statement on Promoting Global Cyber Security” in 2003, and successfully resolved key cybersecurity market access issues in both Japan and Korea.  In 2004 she was awarded the “Women in Cyber Security Award” by the Women’s High Tech Coalition. From 1996-1999, Kriz was a software industry analyst at the U.S. International Trade Commission where she analyzed the impact of U.S. trade policies and trade negotiations on the U.S. high-tech industry, including the 1996 Information Technology Agreement.

Kriz has a Master of Science in Foreign Service degree from Georgetown University, focused on international trade and technology policy, and a B.A. in politics from Ithaca College. She lived in Tokyo from 1991-1994 and speaks Japanese.