Denise E. Zheng

Deputy Director and Senior Fellow, Strategic Technologies Program

Denise E. Zheng is a senior fellow and deputy director of the Strategic Technologies Program at CSIS, where her work is focused on technology, innovation, cybersecurity, and Internet policy. Previously, she served as chief of staff and lead science and engineering technical adviser as a contractor for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) foundational cyber warfare program, Plan X. Before DARPA, Ms. Zheng was director for global government relations and cybersecurity policy at CA Technologies, a $5 billion enterprise software company, where she advised company executives on cybersecurity, data security and breach notification, and software assurance. While at CA, she was a member of the Information Technology (IT) Sector Coordinating Council, IT Information Sharing and Analysis Center, SAFECode, and vice chair of the TechAmerica Cybersecurity Legislative Subcommittee.
Prior to CA Technologies, Ms. Zheng served as a professional staff member for the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. In that role, she was a principal in drafting and negotiations for the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 and conducted oversight of critical infrastructure protection programs, spectrum auctions, privacy, and federal IT programs. Ms. Zheng previously held various positions at CSIS, including program manager of the Technology and Public Policy Program, where she managed the CSIS Cybersecurity Commission among other program initiatives. In addition to writing on technology and cybersecurity issues, she has also authored reports on U.S.-China relations and soft power, and civil space policy issues. Ms. Zheng holds a B.A. in economics and political science from the University of Michigan, studied government at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and completed graduate coursework in security studies at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

Contact Information
Email: dzheng [at]
Tel: (202) 775-3159