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Michael Klipstein Ph.D., CISM, CISSP*

Senior Public Policy Advisor

Dr. Michael Klipstein is a strategic advisor in Baker Donelson's Washington, D.C. office, where he offers clients a clear understanding in subject matters of space, maritime, and cybersecurity for both the defense and commercial sectors.

Professional Biography

Dr. Klipstein has knowledge of space, maritime, and cyberspace policy, U.S. Army programs and policies, as well as cybersecurity in government and commercial markets. Prior to joining Baker Donelson, Dr. Klipstein served in the U.S. Army, where he obtained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and received his Ph.D. from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. He later served as the Director of International Cybersecurity Policy for the National Security Council.

Dr. Klipstein is an executive cyberspace leader and network engineer with 15 years of strategic and operational experience in the cybersecurity and national security landscapes, focusing on risk management. He is recognized as a technology and policy professional who communicates effectively with senior government and C-suite leaders, IT, and management teams across organizations and diverse sectors to direct, coordinate, and develop policy; identify strategic opportunities; oversee projects; manage and communicate risks to build consensus; and deliver on-time results.

Dr. Klipstein's credentials include certificates for Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

  • Performed consultations for firms seeking advice on cyberspace legal, policy, and implementation matters.

  • Communicated and coordinated risks and rewards, built consensus, managed expectations, and arbitrated viewpoints with Federal government stakeholders, led policy coordination and oversight for international cyber strategy development and implementation, international norms and declaratory policy, internet governance, and modification of U.S. law.

  • Developed and championed program for sensitive purchases of equipment and capabilities; identified critical risks and developed mitigation process for irreputable purchase origins.

  • Designed procedures for importation, de-confliction, and evaluation of externally designed computer network operations tools for deployment from NSA, liaising between U.S. Cyber Command and NSA.

  • Member – Digital Directors Network
  • Non-Resident Fellow – Krulak Center for Innovation and Creativity
  • Non-Resident Fellow – Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies
  • Reviewer – Cyber Defense Review Journal
  • Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
  • Basic Computer Network Operations Planner


  • Naval Postgraduate School, Doctorate in Information Sciences
  • University of Maryland, Master of Science in Telecommunications
  • Columbia College of Missouri, Bachelor of General Studies, Business Minor



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