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Thomas Rid

Professor of Strategic Studies

About

Rid brings to Johns Hopkins more than a decade of experience in international security and intelligence studies, previously serving as a Professor of Security Studies in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, where he developed a Cyber Security module that bridged the gap between technological and political debates.

Rid has recently shared his expertise on information security through testimony before the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, as well as insights on intelligence with the German Bundestag and the UK Parliament.

Rid closely tracked the election interference in 2016, and was one of the first named sources to call out the hack-and-leak as a Russian intelligence operation, only one day after details became public.

He has held positions at the RAND Corporation in Washington, the Institut Français des Relations Internationales in Paris, and served as a visiting scholar at Hebrew University and Shalem Center in Jerusalem. From 2007 to 2008, Rid served as a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins SAIS. He holds a PhD and MA in Social Science from Humboldt University in Berlin. 

Books:

Rid, T. (2016). Rise of the machines: A cybernetic history. New York: W. W. Norton et Company.

Rid, T. (2013). Cyber war will not take place. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

 

Expertise

Topics

  • Computer Network Operations
  • Cybersecurity
  • Disinformation
  • Encryption Policy
  • History of Technology
  • Information Security
  • Intelligence History
  • Strategic and Security Issues
  • International Relations

In the News

Open letter in support of free inquiry and discussion.

Olga Oliker, Bruce Parrott, Thomas Rid, and Matthew Rojansky cited in War on the Rocks, 05/12

Russia's secret services betray their weakness.

Thomas Rid cited in Deutsche Welle, 05/03

Disinformation and active measures.

Thomas Rid participated in Yale Cyber Leadership webinar, 04/29

What the integrated review means for the UK’s cyber strategy.

Thomas Rid cited by Royal United Services Institute, 03/23

Hack and leak.

Thomas Rid interviewed on Sky News’ Into the Grey Zone podcast, 01/25

The SolarWinds hack and the future of cyber espionage.

Thomas Rid interviewed on CNBC, 01/22

Political violence 'much more likely' when facts are undermined.

Thomas Rid interviewed on Sky News’ Into the Grey Zone podcast, 01/18

Competing for influence: Operations in the information environment.

Thomas Rid interviewed on Irregular Warfare podcast, 01/16

Justice Department, federal court system hit by Russian hack.

Thomas Rid quoted in Associated Press, 01/07