Erin
Dumbacher

Senior Program Officer, Scientific and Technical Affairs

Scientific & Technical Affairs (STA)

Expertise Cyber, Nuclear Terrorism

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Erin D. Dumbacher is a senior program officer for the Scientific and Technical Affairs program. Since joining NTI in September 2017, she has worked to strengthen cybersecurity for nuclear weapons systems and facilities, to improve nuclear security globally through the NTI Nuclear Security Index, and to apply emerging technologies to non-proliferation challenges.

Dumbacher received a master’s degree in conflict management and international economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a bachelor’s degree from the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University. She was a Fulbright research Fellow in Tallinn, Estonia in 2010. Erin also held positions on the Cyber and National Security team of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget and supported appropriations, national security policy, and public affairs for U.S. Congressman Cramer of Alabama’s 5th District.

Dumbacher is an experienced research and consulting program leader with expertise in management, operations, and technology transition. Prior to joining NTI, Dumbacher was a director at CEB (now Gartner), a research and advisory firm, where she led primary research studies to improve automation, Lean management adoption, talent, and organizational change initiatives. From 2007-2012, she served in corporate strategy and research management roles at Atlantic Media, supporting the digital transformation of The Atlantic and its sister publications and leading Government Executive Media Group’s first in-house research division.

Dumbacher is a Council on Foreign Relations term member, a member of Women in International Security, and an alumna of the Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI) Mid-Career Cadre. She is also a former Board Member of SAIS Global Women in Leadership. Her writing has been published by IEEE's Computer, The Atlantic, National Journal, Government Executive, War on the Rocks, NextGov, the SAIS Review of International Affairs, and The Nonproliferation Review.

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U.S.-Russia Cyber-Nuclear Weapons Dialogue

U.S.-Russia Cyber-Nuclear Weapons Dialogue

As cyber capabilities evolve and nuclear weapons systems become increasingly vulnerable to cyberattacks, the risk increases that nuclear weapons will be used by accident or miscalculation.

Detecting Proliferation Risks through Public Data

Detecting Proliferation Risks through Public Data

Open, increasingly digital data combined with tools for data analytics can supplement traditional nonproliferation efforts by detecting illicit proliferation

Cyber-Nuclear Forum

Cyber-Nuclear Forum

Building Global Cybersecurity Capacity at Nuclear Facilities

Priorities for Cybersecurity at Nuclear Facilities
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Priorities for Cybersecurity at Nuclear Facilities

Overview of NTI's work to assess the impact of the cyber threat on nuclear security and to contribute to efforts to get ahead of the threat

Addressing Cyber-Nuclear Security Threats

Addressing Cyber-Nuclear Security Threats

What if a hacker shut down the security system at a highly sensitive nuclear materials storage facility, giving access to terrorists seeking highly enriched uranium to make a bomb?

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