African Women In Cyber Security Spotlight on Debora Plunkett


This week’s african women in cyber security spotlight is on Debora Plunkett. She is a powerful minority African-American woman in cyber security that has played a very significant role in the field of IT and Cyber Security. With more than 30 years of experience in Cyber Security, she continues to wow us with her accomplishments in the field.

Debora Plunkett as a guest speaker in a Cyber Security Conference

Debora Plunkett’s Work Experience

She was the first African-American woman to work as a director of information assurance for the National Security Agency (NSA). She also worked as a Director on the National Security Council at the White House to develop the national cyber security policies during both the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush administrations. She’s been recognized as a Distinguished Executive by President Barack Obama and received the National Intelligence’s Diversity Outstanding Leadership Award from the Director of National Intelligence.

African Women In Cyber Security Spotlight on Debora Plunkett

Debora Plunkett at IT Security Conference

Debora Plunkett’s Education

Debora’s education includes a B.S degree in natural science from Towson University. She holds a Master of Science in National security strategy from National Defense University. And lastly, a Master of Science in Business Administration and Management from John Hopkins University. Debora serves as a professor at the University of Maryland University College Graduate School, teaching cyber security management and policy. She is also the principal of plunkett Associates LLC, a consulting business that focuses on providing expert cyber security counsel.

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