Sean Muehlenhardt Whitley

Cyber Operations Lead

Sean is one of the MITRE ATT&CK Defender (MAD) instructors, also known as the "MAD professors." He joined MITRE 10 years ago after obtaining his Masters Degree in Information Security and Assurance.

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About Sean Muehlenhardt Whitley

While studying for his Master's degree, Sean conducted research on methods for securing Android devices. Once he joined MITRE in 2012, he began researching methods for detecting Advanced Persistent Threats using what would later become known as the ATT&CK Framework. Since that time, he has been a major contributor to the Cyber Analytic Repository, worked with sponsors across MITRE’s work program on using ATT&CK, and has authored MITRE papers on using ATT&CK and Cyber Hunting. He currently lives in Germany, supporting projects in Europe and Africa, in addition to authoring training videos for MITRE Engenuity. In his free time, he enjoys kiteboarding, boardgames, and tabletop wargaming.

Sean holds a Bachelor's degree in Information Science from Christopher Newport University and a Master’s degree in Information Security and Assurance from George Mason University. He has spent his entire professional career working for the MITRE Corporation, to include supporting its sponsors as well as occasionally working with partners from other nations in developing their cyber capabilities.