CSO Council

The Mission of the Chief Security Officer Council (CSO) is to engage security thought leaders and facilitate trusted dialogue and partnership between industry and government security communities. The desired objective is to foster an exchange of information, to cultivate relationships among security leaders and with other councils and communities, and to influence outcomes with a commitment to National Security and Public Trust.
Mary Rose McCaffrey​

Mary Rose McCaffrey

VP, Security, Northrop Grumman

Mary Rose McCaffrey was named Vice President, Security, Enterprise Services, Northrop Grumman Corporation in February 2016. She leads a team responsible for global security protection of Northrop Grumman employees, facilities and classified information. The security organization is responsible for classified program security. Since integration of the information assurance, classified infrastructure and program security, the team has delivered 100% compliance and has been cited as a best practice by our customers. She leads a security organization responsible for classified security program compliance. Crisis Management and Resiliency are part of the portfolio for the corporation and crisis management is executed at the business unit level.

Ms. McCaffrey retired from federal service, including leadership positions at the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Reconnaissance Agency, Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Defense. She served as the Director of Security, Central Intelligence Agency responsible for the secure execution of the Agency’s global mission. She enabled the provision of a trusted workforce, secure facilities, information assurance and protection of classified information. She was the DCIA’s security advisor and routinely interfaced with senior leaders throughout the Intelligence Community, Department of Defense, Congress and Industrial Partners. McCaffrey led Business Continuity for the Agency.

She served at the National Reconnaissance Organization as the Director of Security and Counterintelligence leading a multi-Agency organization responsible for the United States National technical collection systems. Ms. McCaffrey participated in the creation of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) following the 9/11 attacks working to coalesce sixteen Intelligence Community Agencies. She collaborated in the language of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act following the creation of the ODNI in 2003. Ms. McCaffrey served in assignments of increasing complexity both domestically and overseas.

Ms. McCaffrey earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Michael’s College, Colchester, VT. She has completed multiple leadership programs including the Kellogg School, Northwestern University, MIT and CIA. She received the DCIA Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal June 2017, Presidential Rank Award, October 2015, the National Intelligence Reform Medal, November 2008 and the National Reconnaissance Leadership Award 2006. Ms. McCaffrey is a member of the Aerospace Industries Association, National Defense Industry Association, American Society of Industrial Security, Intelligence & National Security Alliance Security Policy Reform and Insider Threat working groups.

2023 Chief Officer Awards Nominations Open