Washington, D.C. July 14, 2020 – Alethea Group welcomes Cindy Otis to its leadership team as Vice President of Analysis.
Otis, a former CIA analyst and intelligence briefer, brings a proven track-record and unparalleled experience to the start-up. As Vice President of Analysis at Alethea Group, Otis will lead work with clients to devise customized support to counter disinformation and social media manipulation.
“Cindy is a leader in the countering disinformation field. Her experience will grow our capacity to support our clients by directly addressing threats in today’s dynamic digital environment,” said Lisa Kaplan, Founder and CEO of Alethea Group. “Her innovative approach to countering disinformation will feed the rapid growth we are undergoing at Alethea Group.”
Prior to joining Alethea Group, Otis most recently served as the Director of Analysis for Threat Investigations at Nisos Group, a DC-based cybersecurity firm. Prior to that role, she served in the CIA as a military analyst, intelligence briefer, and a manager in the Directorate of Intelligence. While at the CIA, she specialized in security issues in Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. Otis is the author of a forthcoming book on disinformation entitled, True or False: A CIA Analyst’s Guide to Identifying and Fighting Fake News.
"Alethea Group is at the forefront of countering the disinformation threat across public and private industries, leveraging its technology, investigation skills, and communications expertise to provide real solutions for its clients," said Otis. "I am excited to draw on my experience in the Intelligence Community and the private sector to provide cutting edge support for our clients.”
Otis is an advocate for women and minorities in the national security space. She also serves as a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council's Digital Forensics Research Lab (DRFLab). Otis holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from Boston University and a Bachelor’s degree in International Politics from Brigham Young University.