Rishikof is the director of cybersecurity at the Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security at the University of Maryland and a visiting professor of law at Temple University Beasley School of Law. Rishikof is senior counselor to the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security. Rishikof advises extensively on cybersecurity policy and national security legal issues.
Rishikof is the former director of Military Commissions and Convening Authority at the Department of Defense. He was previously dean of the faculty at the National War College, dean of the Roger Williams University School of Law, and professor of law and national security studies at the National Defense University. He has served as senior policy advisor to the director of national counterintelligence at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and legal counsel to the deputy director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Rishikof was a co-principal on MITRE’s Cyber Supply Chain Study for the Defense Industrial Base and is a member of the National Academy of Science’s Committee on Encryption: Law Enforcement and Intelligence. He is also a member of the Board of Visitors at the National Intelligence University and a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations and American Law Institute. He is a graduate of McGill University and earned an MA from Brandeis University, an MA from National War College, and a JD from New York University Law School. He clerked for Judge Leonard I. Garth on the Third Circuit and was administrative assistant to the Chief Justice of the United States.