Nicole Perlroth

Nicole Perlroth

Formal First Name

Nicole Perlroth is an Adviser to the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. Nicole was The New York TImes' leading cybersecurity and digital espionage expert. During her tenure at The Times, she has covered Russian hacks of nuclear plants, airports, and elections; North Korea's cyberattacks against movie studios, banks and hospitals; Iranian attacks on oil companies, banks and the Trump campaign; and hundreds of Chinese cyberattacks, including a months-long hack of The Times. Prior to joining The Times, she was a Deputy Editor at Forbes, where she covered venture capital and startups, and produced Forbes' annual Midas List. She was an analyst at the Corporate Executive Board, a subsidiary of Gartner, and worked for the late Senator Ted Kennedy. She is the recipient of several journalism awards for her reporting on efforts by the Chinese government to steal military and industrial trade secrets. Her work has been optioned for both film and television.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • Nicole spent a decade as the lead cybersecurity, digital espionage and sabotage reporter for The New York Times.

  • Her investigations and outing of hacking divisions within China's People Liberation Army earned her the prestigious "Best in Business Award" from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.

  • Her co-investigation of the use of commercial spyware in Mexico was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.