Carnegie Mellon University

Jennifer Buckner: "Cyber Operations: A Military Practitioner’s Perspective"

Wednesday, October 14, 2020
4:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. EDT on Zoom.
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Issues related to cyber operations influence all aspects of our professional and personal lives, public safety and national security. Jennifer “Jen” Buckner (Brigadier General, US Army, Retired) presents a “practitioner’s perspective” on US Cyber Command and the military’s evolving role in protecting and defending the United States in cyberspace.

Drawing from her extensive and recent experience – including command of the Army’s first Cyber Brigade, training and educating cyber forces, and leading Joint Task Force Ares, the US government interagency task force to counter ISIS in cyberspace – Jen will offer insights on how cyber operations inform and accelerate national security policy development, international cyber norms, and integration with combat operations and traditional forms of military maneuver. 

About Jennifer Buckner

Jennifer “Jen” Buckner leads Mastercard’s Technology Risk Management global Governance, Framework, and Standards team, providing enhanced visibility and proactive management of security and technology risks, with a focus on integration of information security standards and controls with technology governance, regulatory obligations and third-party risks.

Jen is a recently retired US Army Brigadier General who held numerous intelligence and leadership positions throughout her military career. In her last government role, Jennifer served as the Director of Cyber for the US Army, where she led governance and oversight of cyber capabilities and championed emerging technologies to enable detection and disruption of significant cyber threats.

Jen holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering Management from West Point and an MBA from Central Michigan University. She was the first US Army Cyber Fellow at the National Security Agency and completed Harvard’s Executive Education Program in Cybersecurity.

In operational roles, Jen shaped US Cyber Command’s response to major cyber events attributed to nation-state adversaries, led a US government interagency task force to counter ISIS in cyberspace, and established relationships with US and foreign partners focused on mitigating the threat of cyber-attacks. As Chief of the Army’s cyber branch and training center, she developed strategies for cyber talent recruitment, retention, and leader development, and in her leadership role with Mastercard, continues to champion diversity and inclusion in STEM, public service partnerships, and cybersecurity talent initiatives.

Jen currently supports the US Army as a Highly Qualified Expert/Senior Mentor and serves in advisory roles with the Cyber Risk Institute, Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center Cyber Diversity Scholarship, and Partnership for Public Service Cyber Talent Initiative.

Presented in partnership with the Institute for Strategic Analysis.

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