James Ryseff is a technical policy analyst at the RAND Corporation. His skills and interests span the worlds of policy and engineering.
Ryseff received a B.S. in computer science from the University of Illinois. His career in the software industry focused on distributed systems and cloud computing across a number of companies, including Microsoft, SAP/Concur, and Google. From these experiences, he gained a deep understanding of the real opportunities and challenges organizations face when designing software to solve real-world problems. His experience as a manager also gave him essential insight into the best practices for recruiting software talent and managing large scale projects.
More recently, Ryseff received an M.S. in security studies from Georgetown University. His master's thesis, The Maliciously Formed Packets of August: Cyberwarfare and the offense-defense balance, was published by CSIS. His work at RAND has focused on Artificial Intelligence, best practices for transitioning to Cloud Computing environments, and exploring how to bring together the public sector and large technology companies.
Ryseff was also a Lieutenant/EMT-Basic at King County Fire District 20 near Seattle for 7 years.
James Ryseff, "The Maliciously Formed Packets of August: Cyberwarfare and the Offense-Defense Balance," CSIS Technology Policy Program Occasional Paper Series, 2017
, "How to Actually Recruit Talent for the AI Challenge," War on the Rocks, 2020