Presented by Brigadier General Linda Medler (USAF, Retired) • CISO, Raytheon Missile Systems
Today’s Cyber Landscape, Who is Who at the Federal Level regarding Cyber activities, Some examples of the changing risk, and Some things folks can do to take action.
Linda R. Medler is the Chief Information Security Officer at Raytheon Missile Systems. Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), with 2016 sales of $24 billion and 63,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.
In her current role, Medler is responsible for fostering business relationships and integrating information security technologies and best practices to achieve strategic business goals. She originally joined Raytheon in June 2015 as the director of Cyber for the RMS Advanced Missile Systems product line in Tucson, Arizona. In this role, she was responsible for synchronizing, testing and incorporating cyber initiatives and capability development across RMS products lines in accordance with Office of the Secretary of Defense guidance and directives.
Before joining Raytheon, Medler was president and CEO of LA Medler and Associates, LLC, providing cyber strategy consulting services to commercial clients and numerous Department of Defense customers and academic institutions. In 2014, she retired from the U.S. Air Force as a brigadier general and as director of Capability and Resource Integration for the United States Cyber Command. In this role, she orchestrated the development of the current DoD Cyber Mission Force strategy and resourcing plan.
Medler’s previous assignments included director of Communications and Networks for the Joint Staff, Joint Chiefs of Staff deputy CIO, chief of staff for Air Force Materiel Command, Secretary of Defense corporate fellow, and presidential communications officer at the White House Communications Agency. She commanded at the squadron, group and wing level, and deployed to Afghanistan to lead more than 100 coalition personnel responsible for fielding the Afghan National Army. In 2005, she commanded the 97th Air Expeditionary Group to provide humanitarian relief operations in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
Medler currently sits on the National Board of Operation Homefront, a national philanthropic organization assisting wounded warriors and their families. She is a member of the Arizona Secretary of State’s Technology, Transparency and Commerce Council and a special advisor to the Arizona Cyber Threat Response Alliance. She is a board member of the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona, a member of the National Board of Advisors for the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona, and a member of the Board of the Arizona State University Research Enterprise. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and management information systems from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She has also earned master degrees in business administration and management information systems from the University of Arizona, and in national strategic studies from the Naval War College.