Ben Yelin, JD
, is the Program Director for Public Policy
& External Affairs at the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS), as well as an adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. Ben has been with CHHS since 2013. In his work at CHHS, Ben has consulted with state and local government entities on policies and best practices in preparing for, and responding to, natural and man-made disasters. Additionally, Ben in 2021 served as the co-chair of the Maryland Cybersecurity Council’s ad-hoc committee on State and Local Cybersecurity, and co-drafted a comprehensive report on Maryland’s cybersecurity posture, and a list of recommendations for policy changes. The report was submitted to the Maryland General Assembly and the Attorney General’s Office. Ben also co-designed academic courses, in coordination with the National Security Agency, for a publicly available nationwide virtual repository. The courses concerned law and policy issues in cybersecurity, national security, and data privacy. Ben is also the co-host of the Caveat
podcast, part of the Cyberwire network, a weekly show on topics related to surveillance, cybersecurity, and digital privacy.