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Morgan Stanley hires Obama counterterrorism advisor as technology executive

By Olivia Oran

By Olivia Oran

(Reuters) - Morgan Stanley <MS.N> has hired a former senior counterterrorism advisor in the Obama administration, Jen Easterly, to advise the bank on managing technology risk.

Easterly started at the bank in the last several weeks, a Morgan Stanley spokesman confirmed.

Easterly had most recently served on the National Security Council as the senior director for counterterrorism and a special assistant to former President Barack Obama.

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Other big banks have recently hired senior ex-government officials to help them combat online threats.

Earlier this year, Goldman Sachs Group <GS.N> hired Andy Ozment, the former assistant secretary for cyber security and communications at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

JPMorgan Chase & Co <JPM.N> has also hired a number of senior former military officers for cyber security in the last several years.

(Reporting by Olivia Oran in New York; Editing by Frances Kerry)