MKACyber Board of Directors
Mischel Kwon – Chairman
Mischel Kwon is an IT executive with more than 30 years of experience ranging from application design and development, network architecture and deployment, Information Assurance policy, audit and management, technical defensive security, large wireless system security, to building organizational and national level Computer Emergency/Incident Response/Readiness Teams. Ms. Kwon currently serves as the CEO of MKACyber.
Prior to starting MKACyber, Ms. Kwon served as Vice President of Public Sector Security for RSA Security, where she was responsible for leading RSA in assisting the public sector security solutions, strategies, technologies and policy. Before RSA Security, Ms. Kwon was named the Director for the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) in June 2008 where she spearheaded the organization responsible for analyzing and reducing cyber threats and vulnerabilities in federal networks, disseminating cyber threat warning information and coordinating national incident response activities.
Ms. Kwon brings a unique blend of hands on experience, academic research and training, and a seasoned understanding of how to build operational organizations from inception. Among her successes include her work at the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), where she was Deputy Director for IT Security Staff. While at the DOJ she built and deployed the Justice Security Operations Center (JSOC) to monitor and defend the DOJ network against cyber threats.
Ms. Kwon holds a Master of Science, Computer Science and a graduate certificate in Computer Security and Information Assurance. In addition, she serves as an adjunct professor at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where she also runs the GW Cyber Defense Lab.
Debbie Lee James – Director
Deborah Lee James is former Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C. She is the 23rd Secretary of the Air Force and is responsible for the affairs of the Department of the Air Force, including the organizing, training, equipping and providing for the welfare of its nearly 660,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian Airmen and their families. She also oversees the Air Force’s annual budget of more than $139 billion.
Ms. James has 30 years of senior homeland and national security experience in the federal government and the private sector. Prior to her current position, Ms. James served as President of Science Applications International Corporation’s Technical and Engineering Sector, where she was responsible for 8,700 employees and more than $2 billion in revenue.
For nearly a decade, Ms. James held a variety of positions with SAIC to include Senior Vice President and Director of Homeland Security. From 2000 to 2001, she was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Business Executives for National Security, and from 1998 to 2000 she was Vice President of International Operations and Marketing at United Technologies.
During the Clinton Administration, from 1993 to 1998, Ms. James served in the Pentagon as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs. In that position, she was the Secretary of Defense’s senior advisor on all matters pertaining to the 1.8 million National Guard and Reserve personnel worldwide. In addition to working extensively with Congress, state governors, the business community, military associations, and international officials on National Guard and Reserve component issues, she oversaw a $10 billion budget and supervised a 100-plus-person staff. Prior to her Senate confirmation in 1993, she served as an assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs.
From 1983 to 1993, she worked as a professional staff member on the House Armed Services Committee, where she served as a senior advisor to the Military Personnel and Compensation Subcommittee, the NATO Burden Sharing Panel, and the Chairman’s Member Services team.
Ms. James earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in comparative area studies from Duke University and a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.
Tiffany Jones – Director
Tiffany Jones is the VP of Global Strategic Partnerships and Alliance Operations at FireEye. In this role she is responsible for leading FireEye’s Global Strategic Partnerships teams, outbound OEM partnerships and the Alliance operations function for the company.
She joined the FireEye team through the acquisition of iSIGHT Partners where she was the SVP of Client Solutions & Chief Revenue Officer for iSIGHT. As CRO, Ms. Jones led the development of business strategy, field execution and all revenue generating functions. She was responsible for managing the sales, marketing, product management, alliances, channel, delivery teams, and all customer and partner revenue contributions.
Prior to iSIGHT Partners, Ms. Jones spent over a decade at Symantec in senior roles. Ms. Jones also had a distinguished career in the government as Deputy Chief of Staff at the White House Office of Cyber Security and Critical Infrastructure Protection under the leadership of Richard Clarke. In additional to her Deputy Chief of Staff duties, Jones contributed to the development of the President’s National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace.
Ms. Jones graduated from the Coast Guard Academy and received her commission as a Coast Guard Officer. Operational duties included Deck Watch Officer, Assistant Operations Officer and Law Enforcement Officer aboard the cutter JUNIPER in Newport, RI, Executive Officer and lead Law Enforcement Officer aboard the cutter GRAND ISLE in Gloucester, MA, and Coast Guard Congressional Affairs Liaison for the Coast Guard and Department of Transportation.
Ms. Jones currently sits on the United States Coast Guard Academy Alumni Association Board of Directors and teaches cyber safety to children in K-12 as a volunteer through the National Cyber Security Alliance. She is also a member of the CSIS Cyber Security Commission and is asked to speak as a cyber security expert for many organizations and governments around the globe.
Ms. Jones’ military awards include Coast Guard Officer of the Year Award, a Coast Guard Commendation Medal, two Coast Guard Achievement Medals, numerous Commandant’s Letter of Commendation Ribbons, the Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation award, Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commendation award, six Special Operations Ribbons, the Sea Service Ribbon and other unit citations.
Ms. Jones has two children, enjoys cooking, singing in her band and spending time with family and friends. She is also co-founder and investor of Fair Winds Brewing Company, a new microbrewery in the Northern Virginia area.
Tom Ridge – Director
Tom Ridge is Chairman of Ridge Global. He provides clients with solutions to cyber security, international security and risk management issues.
Following the tragic events of September 11th, 2001, Tom Ridge became the first Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and, on January 24, 2003, became the first Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The creation of the country’s 15th Cabinet Department marked the largest reorganization of government since the Truman administration and another call to service for the former soldier, congressman and governor of Pennsylvania.
During his DHS tenure, Secretary Ridge worked with more than 180,000 employees from a combined 22 agencies to create an agency that facilitated the flow of people and goods, instituted layered security at air, land and seaports, developed a unified national response and recovery plan, protected critical infrastructure, integrated new technology and improved information sharing worldwide. Tom Ridge served as Secretary of this historic and critical endeavor until February 1, 2005.
Before the events of September 11th, Tom Ridge was twice elected Governor of Pennsylvania. He served as the state’s 43rd governor from 1995 to 2001. Governor Ridge’s aggressive technology strategy helped fuel the state’s advances in economic development, education, health care and the environment.
He serves on the boards of the Institute for Defense Analyses, the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress and other private and public entities. He is currently chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s National Security Task Force.
He graduated from Harvard with honors. After his first year at Penn State University’s Dickinson School of Law, he was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served as an infantry staff sergeant in Vietnam, earning the Bronze Star for Valor, the Combat Infantry Badge and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.
After returning to Pennsylvania and to Dickinson, he earned his law degree and, later, became one of the first Vietnam combat veterans elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served six terms.