• Assistant Director

Nitansha Bansal

Nitansha Bansal is an assistant director with the Cyber Statecraft Initiative, part of the Atlantic Council Tech Programs.

Prior to joining the Council, Nitansha worked with the Government and Public Affairs team of Open Source Elections Technology Institute (OSET) where she created visual dashboard for enhancing transparency in American elections. Previously, she worked as a Research Associate with Takshashila Institution, a think tank in India at the intersection of space and cybersecurity policy, and advised Members of Parliament in India on multiple legislative, economic and policy issues.

Nitansha holds a Masters in Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Her course of study was concentrated on cyber espionage, cybersecurity and business risk, mis/disinformation, social media policy, deepfake, and trust and safety. Originally from New Delhi, India, she also speaks Hindi and Rajasthani.

May 2024

The 5×5—The XZ Backdoor: Trust and Open Source Software

by Nitansha Bansal, Stewart Scott

Open source software security experts share their insights into the XZ backdoor, and what it means for open source software security.
read more
April 2024

Markets Matter: A Glance into the Spyware Industry

by Jen Roberts, Trey Herr, Emma Taylor, Nitansha Bansal

The Intellexa Consortium is a complex web of holding companies and vendors for spyware and related services. The Consortium represents a compelling example of spyware vendors in the context of the market in which they operate—one which helps facilitate the commercial sale of software driving both human rights and national security risk.
read more