Institute for Security and Technology

We design and advance solutions to the world’s toughest emerging security threats

aka Institute for Security and Technology (IST)   |   Oakland, CA   |
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Institute for Security and Technology

EIN: 47-5677755


As new technologies present humanity with unprecedented capabilities, they can also pose unimagined risks to global security. The Institute for Security and Technology’s (IST) mission is to bridge gaps between technology and policy leaders to help solve these emerging security problems together. Uniquely situated on the West Coast with deep ties to Washington, DC, we have the access and relationships to unite the best experts, at the right time, using the most powerful mechanisms. Our portfolio is organized across three analytical pillars: 1. Geopolitics of Technology 2. Innovation and Catastrophic Risk 3. Future of Digital Security

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Chief Executive Officer

Philip Reiner

Main address

195 41st St. PO Box 11045

Oakland, CA 94611 USA

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Formerly known as

Technology for Global Security



Subject area info

Computer science


National security


Population served info

Victims and oppressed people


Emergency responders


NTEE code info

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (U05)

International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security N.E.C. (Q99)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There once was a time when technological developments were driven by the U.S. government. Over the years, the driver’s seat has shifted position, with corporations now indisputably responsible for accelerating the world’s most advanced tech growth. What happens when policy makers are no longer in the rooms where rapidly changing technology advancements are pushed out? And what are the risks of tech companies not understanding the security implications of their innovations? The stakes for government and corporate entities are increasingly high. Technology advances and creates wealth as concurrent breaches, compromised privacy, and a variety of emerging security threats put our country at risk at an alarming rate. In the meantime, the gulf between policymakers and technologists is intensifying.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Ransomware Task Force (RTF)

In partnership with a broad coalition of experts in industry, government, law enforcement, nonprofits, cybersecurity insurance, and international organizations — the Ransomware Task Force (RTF) tackles this increasingly prevalent and destructive type of cybercrime.

Population(s) Served

The Digital Cognition & Democracy Initiative seeks to investigate how digital systems affect human cognition, and what those effects mean for democracy and democratic institutions.

Population(s) Served

An internationally-driven, secure, resilient communications solution that has the potential to avert catastrophes amidst rising tensions between adversaries: The CATALINK system. The CATALINK project is a collaborative effort between our civil society partners, industry colleagues, and government officials from around the world.

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The Strategic Balancing Initiative (SBI) will offer solutions to ameliorate misalignments between the technology industry and government policymakers that impede American competitiveness with the People’s Republic of China. The Initiative aims to connect stakeholders siloed by the gaps between critical decision makers in Washington, D.C. and Silicon Valley, to include policy and lawmakers, entrepreneurs, product managers, venture capital, and other key leaders in each domain. We will inform industry’s understanding of critical national security risks, thereby empowering both private and public sector choices to advance security and innovation. Lastly, SBI seeks to help identify technology applications of interest to policymakers and technologists alike, accelerating investments in new inventions and capabilities that are viable in both the commercial and national security contexts.

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Open-source software is the structural building block for the digital infrastructure that supports the modern world. The Open-Source Software Security Initiative seeks to help develop an approach that anticipates vulnerabilities and other risks such as malicious code before they impact the entire Internet infrastructure.

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Our results

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Activists, Emergency responders, Academics, Victims and oppressed people

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Institute for Security and Technology builds solutions to enhance the security of the global commons. Our goal is to provide the tools and insights needed for companies and governments to outpace emerging global security threats. Our non-traditional approach has a bias towards action, as we build trust across domains, provide unprecedented access, and deliver and implement solutions.

Our success is built on strong networks of trust that allow us to customize problem-solving approaches that bridge distinct communities and propel action. With the help of industry and government partners, we identify and prioritize emerging security threats: digital threats to democracy; internet security; nuclear weapons; cyber warfare; and information operations.

We tailor a distinct problem-solving process for each project by applying three unique, yet interconnected, pillars of activity:

»The Policy Lab conducts and analyzes dynamic research, translating results into action in order to shape security policies in government and industry.

»The Tech Works designs real-world tech solutions for emerging security threats by bringing technologists, product managers, venture capitalists, and policymakers under one umbrella.

» The Network for Global Security expands trusted relationships through deep national security and entrepreneurial roots.

By integrating these three pillars, IST accelerates policy and tech solutions to emerging security threats and propels their implementation through research, tools, and robust international collaboration.

Flexible to the range of novel security threats that tie the environments of today and tomorrow, IST works to mitigate the threat of ransomware, counter cybersecurity threats, develop secure technical solutions that may help prevent nuclear war, lead cutting edge research and propose solutions for digital threats to democratic societies, address disinformation campaigns targeting our society, conduct cyber tabletop exercises for industry and government leaders, and galvanize local and international partners to create tangible, practical, and impact-driven solutions to emerging security challenges.


Institute for Security and Technology
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 403.89 over 6 years

Months of cash in 2021 info

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Average of 7.3 over 6 years

Fringe rate in 2021 info

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Average of 4% over 6 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

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Financial data

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Institute for Security and Technology’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $0 $120,835 $154,141 $196,512
As % of expenses 0.0% 29.4% 28.7% 20.3%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $0 $120,591 $153,331 $195,654
As % of expenses 0.0% 29.3% 28.5% 20.2%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $386,887 $484,328 $691,948 $1,457,910
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% 25.2% 42.9% 110.7%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 1.7% 0.1%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 25.5% 0.3% 0.0% 5.1%
All other grants and contributions 74.5% 99.7% 98.2% 94.8%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.1% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $245,752 $411,060 $537,807 $968,251
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 67.3% 30.8% 80.0%
Personnel 96.4% 47.1% 58.6% 52.5%
Professional fees 0.2% 40.9% 32.2% 37.1%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 3.7% 0.0%
All other expenses 3.4% 12.0% 5.5% 10.4%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021
Total expenses (after depreciation) $245,752 $411,304 $538,617 $969,109
One month of savings $20,479 $34,255 $44,817 $80,688
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $4,052 $0 $1,418
Total full costs (estimated) $266,231 $449,611 $583,434 $1,051,215

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Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021
Months of cash 11.1 9.9 10.9 11.7
Months of cash and investments 11.1 9.9 10.9 12.2
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 0.0 10.0 11.1 8.6
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021
Cash $226,593 $339,301 $486,376 $942,489
Investments $0 $0 $0 $44,095
Receivables $0 $30,000 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $4,052 $4,052 $5,469
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 6.0% 26.0% 35.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.0% 9.6% 0.1% 0.1%
Unrestricted net assets $0 $347,183 $500,514 $696,168
Temporarily restricted net assets $226,593 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $226,593 $0 $0 $293,147
Total net assets $226,593 $347,183 $500,514 $989,315

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Chief Executive Officer

Philip Reiner

Philip Reiner is the Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Security and Technology, bringing decades of experience working in technology and international security to lead the implementation of the IST mission. Philip previously served as President Obama’s Senior Director for South Asia on the National Security Council staff at the White House; as the Senior Advisor for Afghanistan and Pakistan; and as a Director for Pakistan on the NSC staff. Prior to these roles, he served in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy in the Pentagon, where he received the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service; and for a number of years in Raytheon’s Space and Airborne Systems, working in the Electronic Warfare, Remote Sensing and Vision Systems business units.

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Board of directors
as of 10/20/2023
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Board chair

Michael McNerney


Term: 2015 -

T.J. Rylander


Jason Kichen

The DigiTrust Group

Adean Mills Golub

Rachel and Moe

Katherine Johnson


Eli Sugarman


Robin Fontes

Organizational demographics

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