Mark Frantz is co-founder of BlueDelta Capital Partners, a growth capital firm focused on the U.S. federal government technology (GovTech) marketplace. Frantz serves on the board of directors or advisory board for numerous privately-held growth companies and nonprofit organizations, as well as on the Board of Directors for CSRA. Frantz has served as managing general partner of In-Q-Tel; principal with Carlyle Venture Partners; partner at RedShift Ventures; associate to the senior chairman at Alex. Brown; economic and technology policy advisor to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge; and associate director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs under President George H. W. Bush.
Steve Grobman is senior vice president and chief technology officer (CTO) for McAfee. In this role, Grobman sets the technical strategy and direction to create technologies which protect smart, connected computing devices and infrastructure worldwide. He drives McAfee innovation and leads thousands of technical resources to deliver robust and sophisticated cybersecurity solutions that protect corporate and consumer assets. Grobman is a trusted advisor to the industry and media in the field of cybersecurity defense and the evolving threat landscape.
Prior to joining McAfee, Grobman was at Intel where he spent over two decades in senior technical leadership positions related to the field of cybersecurity. His roles varied from protecting Intel’s own assets as an IT security architect to building new security architecture into hardware and software as the chief architect for Intel’s vPro platform. After the acquisition of McAfee in 2012, Grobman moved into the CTO office to drive new research and innovation capabilities for the division and was named worldwide CTO in 2014.
He has published multiple technical papers and books, and holds 24 U.S. and international patents in the fields of security, software, and computer architecture, with another roughly 20 patents pending.
Grobman earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science from North Carolina State University.
Palo Alto Networks
Mark D. McLaughlin became vice chairman of the board of directors for Palo Alto Networks in June 2018, following his retirement as the company’s chief executive officer and chairman of the board. McLaughlin joined the company as president and chief executive officer in 2011 and became chairman in 2012. Prior to that, he held a number of key positions at Verisign, including serving as chief operating officer, executive vice president of Products and Marketing, and head of the company’s Naming Services business.
Prior to Verisign, McLaughlin was the vice president of Sales and Business Development for Signio, a leading internet payment company. Before joining Signio, he was the vice president of Business Development for Gemplus, the world’s leading smart-card company. Previous to Gemplus, he also served as general counsel of Caere Corporation and practiced law as an attorney with Cooley Godward Kronish LLP.
For nearly a decade, McLaughlin has had the honor of serving as a member of the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee, a body that for more than 30 years has brought industry chief executives together to provide counsel on national security policy and technical issues to the U.S. president and the national security leadership. Mark has served two-year terms as chairman and vice chairman of the NSTAC.
He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Seattle University School of Law and his B.S. degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He served as an attack helicopter pilot in the U.S. Army and earned his Airborne Wings. McLaughlin currently also serves on the board of directors for Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM).
As chairman and chief executive officer of Tenable, Amit Yoran oversees the company’s strategic vision as Tenable works to empower organizations to understand and reduce their cybersecurity risk. Yoran brings to Tenable a unique blend of leadership in the private and public sectors. Previously, he served as president of RSA, leading its transformation into one of the most successful global security companies. Yoran joined RSA through the acquisition of NetWitness, the network forensics company he founded and led as CEO.
Previously, Yoran served as founding director of the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) program in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He was also founder and CEO of Riptech, one of the first managed security service providers (MSSP), which was acquired by Symantec in 2002. Yoran currently serves as a board member and adviser to several security startups. In addition, he is recognized as a thought leader and influencer in the security industry, and is often sought out to provide expert commentary on his vision for the future of cybersecurity at industry events and in the media.
Federal Reserve System, National IT
Devon Bryan is executive vice president and chief information security officer (CISO) for the Federal Reserve
System. As CISO, Bryan oversees information security, including incident response, for the enterprise, ensuring information security architecture, standards, policies and programs remain effective and efficient. He was appointed System CISO in February 2016. Bryan came to the Federal Reserve from Fortune 500 payroll and human resources provider ADP, where he served as global chief information security officer. He led ADP’s information security strategy, collaborating across the company’s geographically dispersed business operations to ensure coordination, consensus, and effective execution across global operations. Prior to ADP, he served as the deputy chief information security officer for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) after directing the IRS’s FISMA-compliant information security program and leading the IRS’s incident response team. His information security career began in the U.S. Air Force, where he served as a Captain and Lead Network Security Engineer . Bryan received a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics from South Dakota Technological University and a Master of Science, Computer Science from Colorado Technological University.
Volgenau School of Engineering
Kenneth Ball was appointed Dean of the Volgenau School of Engineering in August 2012. He previously served as the L.S. Randolph Professor and Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech from 2004-12, overseeing rapid growth in the department with research expenditures increasing five-fold to approximately $20M, and with large increases in student enrollment. Prior to his appointment at Virginia Tech, he served for 15 years on the mechanical engineering faculty at The University of Texas at Austin, where he was the Temple Foundation Endowed Faculty Fellow in Engineering. He is recognized internationally for his research in computational fluid dynamics and heat transfer. He has chaired three international conferences, is a past associate technical editor of the ASME Journal of Heat Transfer, and has served on several other engineering journal editorial boards. He is very involved in engineering program assessment and accreditation activities, both in the U.S. and internationally, particularly in the Middle East. Dr. Ball has supervised 13 PhD dissertations and 29 MS theses. He has obtained externally sponsored funding (excluding high-performance computing grants) in excess of $20M for projects and program development in mechanical engineering, including the thermal/fluid sciences and nuclear engineering. The estimated commercial value of his supercomputer grants is in excess of $10M.
Howard Marshall was appointed as the new intelligence director for Accenture’s cyber threat intelligence services in July 2018. A recognized cybersecurity expert and strategist, Marshall has served in various leadership positions throughout his more than 20-year career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
Marshall served as the Deputy Assistant Director of the FBI’s Cyber Intelligence, Outreach and Support Branch. In that role, Marshall supported the Cyber Division’s mission to identify, pursue and defeat cyber adversaries targeting global U.S. interests by overseeing efforts to enhance strategic partnerships and intelligence coordination.
Marshall began his career as a Special Agent with the FBI in 1997. He was first assigned to the FBI St. Louis Division, where he worked on a gang and fugitive task force. He then moved to a white collar crime squad and conducted mortgage and bank fraud investigations. In 2003, Marshall was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent in the FBI Cyber Division. In this role, he oversaw an international task force responsible for extraterritorial investigations and collaboration with Interpol. In 2005, he transferred to the FBI Memphis Division to supervise a public corruption squad. While there, he also served as the Crisis Management Coordinator and the Acting Chief Division Counsel. Marshall was promoted in 2008 to Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Dallas Division, where he managed the white collar crime, intelligence and administrative program. In 2012, he was promoted to Inspector in the Inspection Division at FBI Headquarters in Washington, DC. While there, he led inspections of field offices, legal attaché offices, and shooting incident review teams. After his time in Inspection Division, he became Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Louisville Division.
Prior to his appointment with the FBI, Marshall worked for the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in Little Rock, Ark. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas.
Amy Howland is the CISO for Perspecta. In this role, she is responsible for securing the Perspecta corporate network as well for the company’s Brand and Reputation as it pertains to cybersecurity.
Prior to this role, Amy Howland served as CSRA’s Chief Information Security Officer for over 2 years and was responsible for maintaining and securing legacy networks while overseeing the buildout of a brand new, secure CSRA hybrid cloud network. Ms. Howland was responsible for CSRA’s overarching information security compliance and risk management, which entailed strategically creating and implementing security policies, processes, and best practices while managing the security operations areas that protected CSRA data and systems as well as brand and reputation.
Amy has a Bachelor’s of Accountancy from the George Washington University and holds the following certifications: Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Information Systems Security Management Professional (ISSMP), and Information Systems Security Architecture Professional (ISSAP). She was named one of CyberScoop’s Top Women in Cybersecurity in 2017.
Ms. Howland has over 20 years of experience supporting the private and public sectors (Civilian and DoD), respectively, serving in various roles as Director of Information Assurance and Cybersecurity. She started her career as a financial auditor and Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with Ernst & Young, LLP before moving into its Security & Technology Solutions (STS) practice.
Outside of work, Amy spends time with her husband and two daughters and is a long-time member of both the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. (ISC2) and the Project Management Institute (PMI).
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Dr. John Zangardi is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Beginning in December 2017, he oversees Information Technology and its related security and management for the Department.
Previously, Dr. Zangardi served as Department of Defense (DoD) Principal Deputy Chief Information Officer and later the Acting Chief Information Officer. As the Principal Deputy and Acting DoD CIO, Dr. Zangardi advised the Secretary of Defense for Information Management / Information Technology and Information Assurance as well as nonintelligence space systems; critical satellite communications, navigation, and timing programs; spectrum; and telecommunications.
Dr. Zangardi’s background includes acquisition, policy, legislative affairs, resourcing, and operations. He as served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Information Operations, and Space (DASN C4I, IO, and Space), he was responsible for providing acquisition oversight for C4I, cyber, space, business enterprise, and information technology programs. In 2014 and 2015, he additionally served as the acting Department of the Navy Chief Information Office (DON CIO).
Dr. Zangardi is a retired Naval Flight Officer and served in a variety of command and staff assignments. After retiring from the Navy, Dr. Zangardi was selected for appointment to the Senior Executive Service (SES) and assigned as the Deputy Director Warfare Integration Programs (N6FB) within the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations Communications Networks (N6) Directorate. With the stand-up of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations Information Dominance (N2/N6), he was assigned as the Director for Program Integration and as Deputy to the Director for Concepts, Strategy, and Integration.
He is a native of Scranton, Pennsylvania and a graduate of the University of Scranton. Dr. Zangardi was awarded a Master of Science degree from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from George Mason University.
Susie Adams is chief technology officer for Microsoft’s Federal Government business and brings with her over 30 years of IT experience. Adams joined Microsoft in 1999 and has held several leadership positions in Microsoft including the Director of the Microsoft Reston, Virginia Technology Center and most recently, the CTO of the Federal Civilian Business. Prior to Microsoft, she spent 16 years in the consulting arena working with customers in both the commercial and government sectors. She held a variety of management and leadership roles including practice manager, systems analyst and software developer. Adams is a past Fed100 award winner and has authored several books on the topics of software integration and web development. Adams is a graduate of George Mason University where she received a B.S. in information systems.
Northrop Grumman Corporation
Denise Peppard is corporate vice president and chief human resources officer for Northrop Grumman Corporation, a leader in global security.
In this role, she is responsible for all aspects of Northrop Grumman’s human resources strategy and programs. Her responsibilities include strategy; organization effectiveness; change leadership; performance management; talent development and acquisition; succession planning; executive development; training; labor/employee relations and compensation and benefits also include the company’s international operations. She is also a member of the company’s corporate policy council.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration in accounting and a master’s degree in business administration, with concentrations in finance and organization behavior from the University of Michigan.
Will Ackerly is the CTO and Co-Founder of Virtru. Prior to founding Virtru in 2012, Will spent eight years at the National Security Agency where he specialized in cloud analytics and security architecture. During his tenure at the NSA, Will invented the Trusted Data Format (TDF), an open standard used today by various government agencies for the secure transfer of data and a technical foundation upon which Virtru was built.
As the President and CEO of ThreatQuotient, John Czupak drives the company’s global expansion and manages financial growth. John has played a critical role in multiple companies that resulted in successful liquidity events. Prior to ThreatQuotient he served as General Manager for Cisco Systems’ Advanced Malware Protection (“FireAMP”) product line following its $2.7 billion acquisition of Sourcefire, Inc. John served in a number of additional roles during his 12-year career at Sourcefire, including Senior Vice President, Corporate and Business Development, General Manager FireAMP and Senior Vice President, International & Business Development.
Before Sourcefire, John was the SVP of Worldwide Sales for Mountain Wave, Inc., which was acquired by Symantec Corporation in July of 2002. Prior to Mountain Wave, John was the Vice President of Worldwide Channels for Riverbed Technologies, a leader in mobile and wireless computing. Earlier in his career, John was an original member of the management team and Vice President of Asia Pacific and Latin America for AXENT Technologies. John also serves as an Advisor and Board member to a number of technology companies, including Sonatype, PFP CyberSecurity and Cybrary.
Josh Stella is Co-founder and CTO of Fugue, the cloud infrastructure automation and security company. Fugue identifies security and compliance violations in cloud infrastructure and ensures they are never repeated. Previously, Josh was a Principal Solutions Architect at Amazon Web Services, where he supported customers in the area of national security. He has served as CTO for a technology startup and in numerous other IT leadership and technical roles over the past 25 years
NTT DATA, Inc.
At the intersection of technology and innovation, you’ll find NTT DATA’s Shamlan Siddiqi in the fast lane. As NTT DATA’s public sector chief technology officer, Mr. Siddiqi drives the company’s technology vision, strategy and innovation to guide government clients to solutions that weigh future technologies against practicalities. To each engagement Mr. Siddiqi brings a unique perspective that combines extensive commercial experience with a solid understanding of government. The result is the best of both worlds—creativity and technology-forward solutions combined with a wealth of commercial lessons learned from which to draw a realistic path forward for NTT DATA’s many government clients.
Mr. Siddiqi is a sought after subject matter expert throughout the public sector. He was a key contributor to the State of Illinois, Blockchain Taskforce the Virginia Governor Elect’s Technology Policy Council, and is a member of the Council to Secure the Digital Economy, in addition to being a published writer/contributor and speaker.
With more than 20 years of experience in IT services, Siddiqi has served as vice president in the digital and cloud services practice at NTT DATA, where he led a team of consulting, solutions and service delivery professionals. Siddiqi also held the position of vice president of North America architecture and application development at NTT DATA. In this role, he established technology practices, including mobile, interactive web, user experience, architecture modernization and integration—achieving double-digit revenue growth while solving business problems across industries. Shamlan is an executive sponsor of Women Inspiring NTT DATA, (WIN) DC Chapter to identify and professional development, retention and recruitment of talented women across NTT DATA.
Prior to NTT DATA, Siddiqi served as senior consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton where he led enterprise architecture and management consulting initiatives for public sector clients, including the Food and Drug Administration. Siddiqi has also held various technical positions as a developer, engineer and architect with increasing responsibilities at companies including American Management Systems, CGI and RWD Technologies.
Siddiqi is a recipient of the CIO Certificate in Federal Executive Competencies awarded by the CIO University and the George Washington University. He also holds a master’s degree in Information Systems Technology from the George Washington University in Washington D.C. and a bachelor’s degree in Decision Sciences and Management Information Systems from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Shamlan was recently honored by his alma mater, George Mason, with induction into Prominent Patriots—an organization for alumnae that have achieved notable success in their respective fields.
Jonathan Bransky is a Senior Enterprise Security Advisor for Dominion Energy providing counsel on short and long term security topics and evaluate security strategies and issues impacting the different sectors of Dominion Energy’s business units. Before joining Dominion Energy, he spent 20 years establishing and leading PSEG’s cybersecurity efforts and consulted on IT Infrastructure technologies for large enterprises with Ernst and Young LLP and NetReference, Inc. He has a BS in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University, a MS in Operations Research from The George Washington University and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Dr. John Everett is the deputy director of DARPA’s Information Innovation Office (I2O).
Dr. Everett joined DARPA in February 2014 as a program manager. His research interests include cybersecurity and artificial intelligence. He started the Cyber Fault-tolerant Attack Recovery (CFAR) program in 2014, which is developing automated software rewriting techniques to protect legacy systems. In 2015, he started the Rapid Attack Detection, Isolation and Characterization Systems (RADICS) program to research technologies for detection of and recovery from a nation-state cyber-enabled attack on the US power grid.
Prior to DARPA, Dr. Everett led R&D groups at Raytheon BBN Technologies, BAE Systems Advanced Information Technologies, and Xerox PARC in the areas of cybersecurity and artificial intelligence. Dr. Everett holds a doctorate in artificial intelligence from Northwestern University, a Master of Management degree from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, and Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar.
Randy Miskanic is the Vice President of Enterprise Operational Resilience at Freddie Mac. In this role he is responsible for cybersecurity resilience, information lifecycle management, business process modeling and systems engineering, enterprise business continuity, and crisis management.
Prior to Freddie Mac he was the Chief Information Security Officer for the Americas Region at UBS, where he led cybersecurity, information lifecycle management and data governance. Randy also had a 25-year career in the federal government where held leadership roles at the U.S. Postal Service, including Chief Information Officer and Chief Information Security Officer along with 20 years in federal law enforcement.
He currently serves as an adjunct faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University and is a member of several corporate boards where he provides guidance on cybersecurity product and services development.
King & Union
John Cassidy is CEO and co-founder of King & Union. John is a 20+ year veteran in information technology and security. John currently leads strategy and business overall at King & Union. Before starting King & Union, John spent the last twelve years of his career focused on building and developing innovative cyber information sharing platforms, supporting U.S. critical infrastructure companies and missions for DHS, DoD, and the NSA. John built a cyber division within a Fortune 150 corporation into a core $600M+ business practice, providing advanced and classified cyber intelligence sharing services programs for public and private sectors. John led efforts to develop, and deploy numerous cyber solutions programs, including the first Einstein 3 Accelerated (E3A) solution in partnership with DHS, DoD, and NSA. Recognized Leader in information security, engineering, sales, corporate strategy.
Mr. Cassidy holds a Master of Science (M.S.) in Information Systems from the George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Business from James Madison University.
He is a member of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA), DC Chapter. Mr. Cassidy is also a member of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA), and a participating committee member on the Cyber Task Force.
Jason Crabtree is the CEO and cofounder of Fractal Industries, where he leads the development of Fractal OS, a next-generation data analytics-asa-service platform enhanced with simulation modeling, deep learning, and artificial intelligence capabilities. He is focused on the application of Fractal’s technology to some of the most demanding problems in financial services, insurance, cybersecurity, and operational risk management.
Prior to Fractal, Jason most recently served as a Special Advisor to the senior leaders in the Department of Defense cyber community, with responsibilities ranging from policy advice and operational support, to research direction and technology transition. He partnered with a wide variety of organizations within both the Intelligence Community and Defense Enterprise.
He is a licensed professional engineer and complex adaptive systems aficionado with a strong background in modeling, simulation, and data analysis who is currently focused at the nexus of cybersecurity, critical infrastructure, and operational risk management. He has been an invited participant, panelist and speaker on energy, risk management, finance, and security for organizations including the Financial Services Roundtable, the Casualty Actuarial Society, the Center for New American Security, the Ditchley Foundation, the Gridwise Architecture Council, and RAND in both the United States and United Kingdom.
Jason is the co-author of Driven by Demand: How Energy Gets Its Power (Cambridge University Press, 2015). He is also currently co-authoring a book on decision-making and operational risk management in the face of increasing transitive risks, exposure to common mode failures, and technology democratization.
He received a B.S. in engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He was selected as the First Captain and Brigade Commander of the Corps of Cadets and elected as a Rhodes Scholar. He received an M.Sc.(R) in Engineering Science at the University of Oxford before leading infantry troops in Afghanistan in 2012. As part of his service in the U.S. Army, he graduated from Ranger School, the Sapper Leader Course, Airborne School, the Asymmetric Warfare Group Adaptive Leader Program, and is an Honor Graduate of the Pathfinder School.
Palo Alto Networks
Rick is the Palo Alto Networks’ Chief Security Officer (CSO) where he has overall responsibility of the company’s internal security program, leads the Palo Alto Networks Threat Intelligence Team (Unit 42), directs the company’s efforts on the Cyber Threat Alliance Information Sharing non-profit, hosts the Cybersecurity Canon Project, and provides thought leadership for the company and the Cybersecurity community at large. His prior jobs include TASC CISO, iDefense General Manager, Counterpane SOC Director, and Commander of the U.S. Army’s Computer Emergency Response Team where he coordinated network defense, network intelligence and network attack operations for the Army’s global network. Rick holds a Master of Computer Science degree from the Naval Postgraduate School and an engineering degree from the US Military Academy. He also taught computer science at the Academy from 1993 to 1999.
Mark Shaw is the Senior Executive Director, Cyber Solutions for ManTech’s Mission, Cyber, and Intelligence Solutions (MCIS) Group. In this role, he develops ManTech MCIS go-to market strategies, including the creation of new cyber offerings and capabilities, to catalyze the growth of ManTech’s cyber line of business. Mr. Shaw also leads ManTech’s Defensive Cyber Operations Community of Practice, a corporate wide collaboration effort designed to bring best practices and innovations across ManTech’s customer base.
Mr. Shaw has over 24 years cybersecurity experience supporting both Federal Government and commercial organizations. At ManTech, Mr. Shaw previously led a highly technical team of over 170 experts committed to defending our customer’s critical information systems. He and his team provided security operations center support, forensics and malware analysis, cyber threat intelligence, incident response/investigation services, vulnerability assessment/penetration testing services, security engineering, cybersecurity training, and information assurance services to various government, state, commercial, and international customers.
Before joining ManTech in 2005, Mr. Shaw spent 5 years as the senior member of Capital One’s Cyber Incident Response Team. While there, he led network security engineering, incident response, and computer forensics efforts. Prior to that, he served in the United States Air Force as a Team Lead on the Air Force Computer Emergency Response Team (AFCERT), performing network security monitoring and incident response at military installations worldwide.
Mr. Shaw holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech and was an Air Force ROTC Distinguished Graduate.
The MITRE Corporation
Gary Gagnon is Vice President of Cyber Strategy and Chief Security Officer (CSO) of The MITRE Corporation. In this role, Gagnon leads MITRE’s cyber strategy and is responsible for developing and leading cyber strategy and guiding its execution across MITRE’s work program. As CSO, he directs MITRE’s physical and cybersecurity effort, promoting security as a strategic asset in executing the corporate strategy.
Gagnon pioneered the transformation of identifying emerging cyber threats from a vulnerability-based approach to threat-based investigation. He served as vice president MITRE’s intelligence programs within the National Security Engineering Center. He is the former director of the National Cybersecurity FFRDC – the first federally funded research and development center solely dedicated to cybersecurity.
Gagnon also led MITRE’s support of the FBI’s National Information Protection Center as it grew to include more than 300 staff. He established industry-specific Information Sharing and Analysis Center to ensure industry-wide information sharing about cyber threats.
He led MITRE’s efforts to help set and communicate software industry security data standards to fortify vendor products against vulnerabilities. MITRE’s open source programs, including Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE®); Open Vulnerability and Assessment Language (OVAL®); Common Platform Enumeration (CPE™); and Common Configuration Enumeration (CCE™), help government and private industry develop protections for data and information.
From 2016 to 2018, Gagnon held information security leadership positions outside of MITRE. He was senior vice president for global security and chief information security officer at the British satellite communications firm Inmarsat. He also served as vice president and chief information security officer for Amazon.
Prior to joining MITRE, Gagnon worked for Harris Corporation on a variety of software development projects for the DoD. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Fitchburg State University.
Chris Herndon is a former Deputy Assistant to the President and the former Director of White House Information Technology (D/WHIT). He joined the Trump Administration as a commissioned officer in January 2017, assuming the role of D/WHIT which was established by Presidential Memorandum in March 2015. Chris leads the development and execution of IT strategy and operations for the White House enterprise. He ensures the effective use of technology provided to the President, Vice President, and Executive Office of the President (EOP). He provides policy coordination and guidance, including expenditures, and procurement of technology for the White House. Chris drives, communicates, and establishes the technology strategy while ensuring the services are delivered consistently across the White House.
Chris established, for the first time, an IT strategy and eight-year roadmap for IT innovation and acquisition for the White House. Using a customer-first approach to enterprise services, he leads the transformation of services across all twelve components of the Executive Office of the President and overhauled the investment and requirements processes across the five disparate service providers that make up the Presidential IT Community. His cyber strategic leadership has resulted in the establishment of a joint intelligence team, improved travel security guidance and one of the most advanced government insider threat programs.
Prior to his position at the White House, Chris held C-Level and senior IT leadership positions with some of Washington DC area’s most respected government integrators, including Client Executive for CSRA, Chief Technology Officer for SRA International, Managing Director for MorganFranklin Corp., and COO/Co-Founder of TechCentrics, Inc. He began his twenty-year government career in telecommunications as a Department of the Navy civilian, where he was an early pioneer in integrated network and communications technologies which led to the development of converged network architectures long before the industry adopted net-centricity and everything over IP.
Chris, a native of Washington DC, graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering. He is a Lean Six Sigma Black belt and also stays active in industry-relevant and technical training such at ITIL and Business Process Management. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife and daughter. He is active in Rotary International and is a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow.
Booz Allen Hamilton
Chief Information Security Officer Rebecca McHale oversees the firm’s strategy for protecting our information and technology assets. She and her team are responsible for Booz Allen’s internal cyber risk governance, threat intelligence and analysis, vulnerability management, and incident response programs.
Rebecca has worked in a variety of roles delivering adaptive cybersecurity services for government and commercial organizations to enhance protection of software products and IT infrastructure. Prior to joining Booz Allen, Rebecca was the chief information security officer for Blackboard Inc., a global educational technology and services company. She also held senior cybersecurity leadership roles at Novetta and CSRA. She enjoys developing and executing strategies to securely deliver technology and services, and best enable the business mission.
Rebecca earned a B.S. in mathematics from University of Mary Washington and an M.S. in discrete mathematics and computing applications from Royal Holloway, University of London.
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