Moving from a Techie to a CISO – Shaun Cavanaugh – CSP #72

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Shaun Cavanaugh
Chief Information Security Officer at National Park Service

Mr. Cavanaugh currently works in Reston, VA and serves as the Chief Information Security Officer of the National Park Service, within the Department of Interior.

Prior to his current position, Mr. Cavanaugh served as the Cyber Branch Chief of the United States Nuclear Command and Control System (NCCS) Support Staff (NSS) in Falls Church, Virginia. In this position he continually monitored and analyzed threats, operations, and intelligence related to the NCCS. He conducted cyber assessments which led to major cyber security modernization efforts with the NCCS. Additionally, he served as a co-author of an annual report, approved by the Secretary of Defense, NCCS Executive Agent, to the President of the United States on the state of the NCCS across the full spectrum of cyber operations. Prior to the NSS, Mr. Cavanaugh worked at the US European Command in the J6 (Command, Control, Communications, Computers (C4) / Cyber) Directorate serving as the International Cyber Engagement Officer for the Nordic, Baltic, and Central European countries. He spent three and a half years in this position working with over 40 countries and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) facilitating, leading, and conducting exercises, training events, plan development, assessments, and intelligence / information exchanges. Prior to this assignment Mr. Cavanaugh worked at the US Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command (formerly Tank-automotive and Armaments Command) in Warren Michigan in both the G2 (Intelligence and Security) and G6 (Corporate Information Office) offices.

Shaun is a Certified Information Security Systems Professional (CISSP). He has a Bachelor and Master of Science in Computer and Information Systems from the University of Detroit Mercy and a post-baccalaureate Chief Information Security Officer certificate from the National Defense University.

Currently, Shaun resides in Manassas, VA with his wife Katie, daughter Charlotte, and dog Egg.


Vice President, Cybersecurity Strategy at Cybersecurity Collaborative

Todd Fitzgerald has built information Fortune 500/large company security programs for 20 years. Todd serves as VP, Cybersecurity Strategy and Chairman of the Cybersecurity Collaborative Executive Committee, was named 2016–17 Chicago CISO of the Year, ranked Top 50 Information Security Executive, authored 4 books including #1 Best Selling and 2020 CANON Hall of Fame Winner CISO COMPASS: Navigating Cybersecurity Leadership Challenges with Insights from Pioneers (2019), ground-breaking CISO Leadership: Essential Principles for Success, as well as contributions to a dozen others. Todd held senior leadership positions at Northern Trust, Grant Thornton International, Ltd, ManpowerGroup, WellPoint (Anthem) Blue Cross Blue Shield/ National Government Services, Zeneca/Syngenta, IMS Health and American Airlines.