Bruce Brody

Senior CISO Advisor, Cisco Systems


First Senior Executive Service Chief Information Security Officer in the Federal Government

Bruce A. Brody is a highly experienced, executive-level Chief Information Security Officer and subject matter expert on cybersecurity and risk management. He has served as the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Department of Energy, DRS Leonardo, and Cubic Corporation; a member of the Federal Senior Executive Service; a distinguished manager in the national security community; and a decorated officer in the U.S. Air Force. He was the Director of the Guidehouse (formerly PricewaterhouseCoopers Public Sector LLP) Cybersecurity Practice from 2015 to 2019, after which he became the Resident CISO for the Federal Practice at Proofpoint. He is now a CISO Advisor for Cisco.

Mr. Brody served as the Chief Information Security Officer for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs from 2001 to 2004, a position in which he became the first Senior Executive Service CISO in the Federal Government. In this position, he was responsible for directing and overseeing all cyber and information security activities of the second-largest cabinet-level department in the U.S. Federal Government. He is widely credited with creating and defining the U.S. Federal CISO role.

Mr. Brody was appointed Chief Information Security Officer for the U.S. Department of Energy in 2004. He has since served in a variety of executive positions in private industry, including Vice President for Information Assurance at CACI (NYSE: CACI), Chief Cyber Security Strategist at Paradigm Solutions, Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer at DRS Leonardo, and Chief Cybersecurity Strategist and CISO for Cubic Global Defense (NYSE: CUB). He became the Resident CISO for Proofpoint’s Federal practice in 2019, and is now a CISO Advisor with Cisco.

Mr. Brody is also a member of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Cybersecurity Committee, and he is a Distinguished Fellow of the Ponemon Institute. He has served as a STARS Mentor for the MACH37 Virginia Cybersecurity Accelerator, the founding Co-Chair of the Government Advisory Board of the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium ((ISC)2), member of the statutory Federal Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board, and member of the Northern Virginia Technology Council.

Mr. Brody holds a master’s degree with an emphasis on information security from Eastern Michigan University. He is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), and a Certified Authorization Professional (CAP), both of which are granted by (ISC)2; and a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), which is granted by the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA). He serves on the Advisory Board of the Certified FISMA Compliance Professional (CFCP), a credential that he also holds. Mr. Brody also earned a Level III Advanced Program Management certification from the Defense Systems Management College.

His career also includes 10 years at the Defense Intelligence Agency, where he distinguished himself as the Chief of the Counterterrorism Section, and an additional seven years with the Defense Information Systems Agency, where he directed the global Defense-wide Multilevel Security Program. An Air Force veteran, Mr. Brody received the Air Force Commendation Medal and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal during his service.