Amanda Cody, a U.S. Marine Corps. veteran and cyber leader, has rejoined Booz Allen as chief information security officer.
Cody has directed information security efforts at large organizations, such as the American Red Cross and National Geographic. Most recently, she was CISO for the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center.
She returns to Booz Allen after supporting its defense and intelligence clients from 2009-2015.
“Booz Allen has a great brand and an awesome mission, and the work we do is so important,” she said. “I’m a former Marine and my son recently earned the title of Marine. So, supporting the government, and the nation’s defense sector in particular, is something I’m very passionate about.”
In her new role, Cody said she has three main priorities: build a high-caliber, diverse talent pool; protect the organization; and make sure Booz Allen helps clients prepare for what’s next.
“Everybody is on this journey, figuring out what they need to do and how fast they need to do it,” Cody said. “We’re in the cybersecurity space across industries. What do we need to do to support and enable a resilient business?”
That’s why, Booz Allen is adopting a “Client Zero” approach to IT innovation under Cody’s leadership. This approach includes working with Booz Allen’s quantum team to prepare for a post-quantum computing world; exploring how AI capabilities for clients and commercial incident response practices can be used at the company’s own fusion center and more.
“These partnerships are invaluable,” Cody said. “They give our own internal cyber capabilities a competitive advantage and enable our market teams to securely deliver client solutions
Prior to her first stint at Booz Allen, Cody was a security consultant at General Dynamics and an Arabic linguist for the Marine Corps.