John Brennan
Guest keynote

John Brennan

CIA Director (2013–2017), Senior National Security and Intelligence Analyst for NBC News and MSNBC
John O. Brennan was sworn in as director of the Central Intelligence Agency on March 8, 2013. As director, he managed intelligence collection, analysis, covert action, counterintelligence and liaison relationships with foreign intelligence services.
Before becoming director, Brennan served at the White House for four years as assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism. During that time, he advised the President on counterterrorism strategy and helped coordinate the U.S. government’s approach to homeland security, including its policies for responding to terrorism, cyber-attacks, natural disasters and pandemics.

Brennan began his service in government at the CIA, where he worked from 1980 to 2005. He spent most of his early career in the agency’s main analytic arm, the Directorate of Intelligence, specializing in the Near East and South Asia before directing counterterrorism analysis in the early 1990s. In 1994 and 1995, he was the agency’s intelligence briefer to President Bill Clinton.

After an assignment as a chief of station in the Middle East, Brennan served from 1999 to 2001 as chief of staff to George Tenet, who was then director of Central Intelligence. Brennan next worked as deputy executive director of the CIA until 2003, when he began leading a multiagency effort to establish what would become the National Counterterrorism Center. In 2004, he became the center’s interim director. After retiring from the CIA in 2005, Brennan worked in the private sector for three years. He also now serves as Senior National Security and Intelligence Analyst at NBC News and MSNBC and released "Undaunted – My Fight Against America’s Enemies, at Home and Abroad” in October, 2021.

Brennan graduated from Fordham University with a bachelor’s degree in political science. While enrolled at Fordham, he studied abroad at the American University in Cairo. He later attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned a master’s degree in government with a concentration in Middle Eastern studies.

Brennan was born in Jersey City, New Jersey. He is married and has three children.
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Wednesday, June 08, 2022 / 09:00 AM - 09:45 AM EDT
Guest Keynote: Conversation with John Brennan, Former CIA Director & Senior National Security & Intelligence Analyst

A consummate insider who worked his way up through the ranks to head the Central Intelligence Agency, John Brennan had a front row seat in the turbulent and tumultuous arena of world affairs for more than three decades.
In this conversation, Mr. Brennan will discuss the role of government in protecting markets in cyberspace, how public and private partnerships can (and need to) evolve to meet the rising threats or cyber criminals and nation state actors. Additionally, Mr. Brennan will share what it’s like to try and drive innovation and security awareness at a board level; pulling all of the above into board level messaging.

Wednesday, June 08, 2022 / 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM EDT
Exclusive: VIP Meet & Greet with John Brennan

All CISO Circle members are invited to meet with John Brennan in an exclusive Meet & Greet, hosted by Gartner Expert, Leigh McMullen.

Join us to hear from Gartner experts and thought leaders.