On Wednesday, October 27, 2010 Capitol College welcomed Debora Plunkett, director of the Information Assurance Directorate (IAD) of the National Security Agency to campus to speak on the importance of cybersecurity.
Debora Plunkett serves as director of the Information Assurance Directorate (IAD) at the National Security Agency. On behalf of the director, NSA, the IAD is the focal point for cyber security, cryptography, and information systems security for all national security systems. Specific responsibilities include developing and deploying IA capabilities, research and development activities to generate IA techniques and solutions, ensuring the availability of IA products and solutions, and understanding the threat to and vulnerability of national security systems.
In addition to previously serving as the deputy director of IAD, Plunkett also served as assistant deputy director for customer relationships in the SIGINT Directorate. She was responsible for determining SIGINT dissemination policy and practices, and ensuring mechanisms were in place to promote the widest possible distribution of NSA products while enabling the protection of sensitive sources and methods.
From 2000 – 2001, Plunkett served as a director on the National Security Council at the White House. In this capacity, she assisted in the development and coordination of national policy on critical infrastructure protection and cyber security issues. In 2007, Plunkett was awarded the rank of Meritorious Executive in the Senior Cryptologic Executive Service by the President of the United States.
Plunkett graduated from Towson University with Bachelor of Science degree. In 1999 she was awarded an MBA from Johns Hopkins University. She is a graduate of the National War College. Plunkett completed the Executive Development Seminar, the IC EXCEL Seminar, and the IC Intelligence Fellows Program, and the Harvard Law School program in conflict management and negotiations.