The Stanford Cyber Initiative welcomes Benjamin M. Lawsky, formerly New York State's first Superintendent of Financial Services, as a visiting scholar from September 2015 through June 2016. As Superintendent, Mr. Lawsky served as the supervisor of all New York State-chartered banks, the majority of United States-based branches and agencies of foreign banking institutions, and all insurance companies in New York. He also was the co-chair of the Governor’s Cyber Security Advisory Board and oversaw the regulation of Bitcoin within the state. Mr. Lawsky shepherded the BitLicense—New York State’s official regulatory guidelines that govern digital money transmitters—to completion and adoption by the state. With BitLicense, New York was the first state to regulate digital currency businesses.
As a visiting scholar with the Cyber Initiative, Mr. Lawsky will advise research and white papers on cyber security in the financial sector and the regulation of banks, payment systems, and crypto-currencies. He will also participate in the Initiative’s research projects, seminar series, and education programs.
Mr. Lawsky promises to be a valuable resource to the Cyber Initiative research community, and we are fortunate to host him as a visiting scholar during his transition to heading a legal and corporate consultancy. We are eager to involve him in the community and welcome invitations from those interested in collaborating with him.