Vice President, Cyber Strategy, Chief Security Officer
Gary Gagnon is Vice President of Cyber Strategy and Chief Security Officer (CSO) of The MITRE Corporation. In this role, Gagnon leads MITRE’s cyber strategy and is responsible for developing and leading cyber strategy and guiding its execution across MITRE’s work program. As CSO, he directs MITRE's physical and cybersecurity effort, promoting security as a strategic asset in executing the corporate strategy.
Gagnon pioneered the transformation of identifying emerging cyber threats from a vulnerability-based approach to threat-based investigation. He served as vice president MITRE's intelligence programs within the National Security Engineering Center. He is the former director of the National Cybersecurity FFRDC – the first federally funded research and development center solely dedicated to cybersecurity.
Gagnon also led MITRE's support of the FBI’s National Information Protection Center as it grew to include more than 300 staff. He established industry-specific Information Sharing and Analysis Center to ensure industry-wide information sharing about cyber threats.
He led MITRE's efforts to help set and communicate software industry security data standards to fortify vendor products against vulnerabilities. MITRE's open source programs, including Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE®); Open Vulnerability and Assessment Language (OVAL®); Common Platform Enumeration (CPE™); and Common Configuration Enumeration (CCE™), help government and private industry develop protections for data and information.
From 2016 to 2018, Gagnon held information security leadership positions outside of MITRE. He was senior vice president for global security and chief information security officer at the British satellite communications firm Inmarsat. He also served as vice president and chief information security officer for Amazon.
Prior to joining MITRE, Gagnon worked for Harris Corporation on a variety of software development projects for the DoD. He holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from Fitchburg State University.