interview

Dr. Emma Garrison-Alexander

Vice Dean of the Cybersecurity and Information Assurance Department in the graduate school UMUC

May 13, 2016 — Dr. Emma Garrison-Alexander has over thirty years of combined federal experience at NSA, where she served as the Deputy Counterterrorism and as a Senior Operations Officer, and at TSA, where she led their IT organization as Chief Information officer. She’s currently Vice Dean for the department of Cybersecurity and Information Assurance at the University of Maryland University College.

Interview with Dr. Emma Garrison-Alexander

Biography

Source: Dr. Emma Garrison-Alexander

Dr. Emma Garrison-Alexander serves as the Vice Dean of the Cybersecurity and Information Assurance Department in the graduate school at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC). Prior to this position, she was the Program Chair of the Cybersecurity Program and Assistant Collegiate Professor. She was also an adjunct faculty for the Cybersecurity Policy Program.

Previously, she served as the Assistant Administrator for Information Technology (IT) and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). She led TSA’s IT organization with an annual budget responsibility of $400 million. She provided all aspects of IT services for over 60,000 employees at 450 federalized airports and 23 international locations. She was responsible for all aspect of cybersecurity and information assurance, application development, infrastructure engineering, business management, financial planning and budget execution, and strategic planning. She was an integral part of the TSA Senior Leadership Team. She also played a key leadership role as a part of the Department of Homeland Security Chief Information Officer Council.

Prior to TSA, Dr. Garrison-Alexander served 25 years with the National Security Agency (NSA)/Department of Defense, starting as an Electronic Engineer and holding leadership positions in Technology and Systems, Signals Intelligence, Information Assurance, and Research & Development. She served as the Deputy Counterterrorism and as a Senior Operations Officer. She worked with all military services: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Special Forces. She was a part of the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service (SES).

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, a Masters of Science in Telecommunications Management and a Doctor of Management -Technology and Information Systems track.