John DeLong

John DeLong is the director of compliance at the National Security Agency. Prior to his appointment in July 2009 as director of compliance, DeLong served as the deputy director of the NSA/CSS Commercial Solutions Center, which addresses the strategic needs of NSA/CSS and the national security community by harnessing the power of U.S. commercial technology.

DeLong previously served in a joint duty position as the deputy director of the National Cyber Security Division at the Department of Homeland Security, where he applied his technical, operational, and policy expertise to a wide range of cybersecurity issues.

In previous positions, he has supported NSA/CSS senior leadership in various transformational efforts – advocating and leading the careful and efficient resolution of complex policy, technical, compliance and oversight issues.

Over his career, DeLong has also developed and taught numerous classes at the National Cryptologic School in areas such as computer science and cybersecurity.


DeLong graduated magna cum laude from Harvard in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics and mathematics and received his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 2005.

He actively reads in the area of policy and technology, especially in the emerging area of instantiating legal and policy rules into complex information technology infrastructures.