Science Applications International Corp. Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer Alicia Lynch joined the company in 2018, bringing over 30 years of intelligence and cyber experience from the Defense Department, the defense industrial base and the private sector. She retired from the Army as a colonel in 2012.
Regularly asked to advise and assist on cyber best practices, Lynch has dealt with challenging threat landscapes since she was an intelligence lieutenant in the Army and is considered an expert in her field.
In 2020, she finished implementing a cyber threat and intelligence integration center for SAIC. The center assists in building situational awareness of internal and external threats, and it positions SAIC to proactively address challenges in real time before events impact corporate and program operations. The center also leads the effort in developing courses of action for mitigating adversary threat capabilities.
Lynch interacts daily with C-suite executives to ensure cyber messaging is effective and cyber policies are followed. She regularly delivers tough messages to protect SAIC systems and data from missteps by organizational components. Lynch has nurtured strategic relationships with influential stakeholders such as board members, the executive leadership team and the lines of business to support cyber hygiene.
Lynch has led a cyber resilience transformation by amalgamating a world-class team, cyber policies and framework designed controls. Additionally, she has engineered a best-in-market commercial cyber tool stack, which outperforms commercial managed cyber services, company leaders said.
Lynch has led her organization to implement best market practices such as zero trust, modern authentication and security orchestration automation and response to protect customer data and maintain customer confidence.
The business engagement team she created within SAIC assists with aligning the programs on customer requirements and expectations on the rising urgency and demand for cyber protection. Security is Lynch’s top priority, and she has infused her passion and energy into an executive leadership team-driven cyber awareness campaign.