Robert Silvers

Robert Silvers is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center on Law and Security. He served as the Assistant Secretary for Cyber Policy at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, where he oversaw the development of Department-wide cyber policies and strategies.  His responsibilities included the Department’s engagement on cyber defense with the private sector, its response during significant cyber incidents, and its pursuit of law enforcement cyber investigations. 

Silvers led key cyber diplomatic initiatives with a range of countries, negotiating agreements with cyber authorities from China, India, Israel, Japan, EU countries, and others.  Silvers was also at the forefront of the Obama Administration’s efforts to bolster Internet of Things security, engaging with industry leaders and regulators to develop best practices guidance for internet-connected devices and systems. 

Silvers previously served as Deputy Chief of Staff at DHS, where he oversaw all policy development, operational implementation and budget issues across DHS’s 22 agencies and 240,000 employees. Mr. Silvers advised Department leadership on matters pertaining to cybersecurity, counterterrorism, aviation security, the immigration system, border security, trade and travel facilitation and disaster response. Prior to that role, he served as the Senior Counselor to the Deputy Secretary of DHS, and before that as Senior Counselor to the Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Before joining DHS, Mr. Silvers was an attorney at the international law firm O’Melveny & Myers LLP, where he handled complex transnational disputes and investigative matters for his clients.  Mr. Silvers also served as a law clerk to the Hon. Kim McLane Wardlaw of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Silvers holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law, where he was named Dean’s Scholar, and a B.A. summa cum laude in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania.