Simin Kargar

PhD Candidate

Simin Kargar is a PhD candidate at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies under the supervision of Professor Thomas Rid. Her research centers on the synergies between the public and private sectors on cybersecurity and counterintelligence. She studies the emergence of the threat intelligence industry, its contributions to strategic cyber defense, and the implications for national security. Kargar has a background in human rights and emerging technologies and is a Senior Non-resident Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab), where she focuses on information warfare in the Middle East and the policy responses that it calls for. Over the past decade, Kargar has worked with a variety of public and private stakeholders on the interrelations of cybersecurity and geopolitics in repressive environments.