Dr. Amit Sheniak


Dr. Amit Sheniak is the Cyber-security policy coordinator of the Israeli ministry of Defense political-military directorate, and a consultant to Israel’s National Cyber Directorate (INCD). He is also a post-doctoral research fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Davis institute for international relations, the Truman institute for the advancement of peace, and the Hebrew university Cyber Security Research Center (HCSRC).

Dr. Sheniak holds a MA and PhD in political Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Dec. 2015) and a Post-doc from Harvard University program for Science Technology and Society (STS), in the Kennedy School of Government (2016-2017). He had served in the past decade as a chief policy advisor and strategy analyst in various capacities at Israel’s parliament, the ministry of defense and the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).

His research investigates the social and political context, of state sponsored innovation technologies, specifically in regard to cybersecurity conflicts, cyber-policy and expertise formation and their effect on international order, sovereignty, legitimacy in Israel, USA and China. Lately he was the co-organizer (together with Israel’s National Cyber Directorate) of the US-IS policy workshop on “Cyber Active Defense” (April. 2017).