Building a Robust Threat Management System

Wanda Jones-Heath

Acting CISO/Chief Cybersecurity Division

United States Air Force

Wanda Jones-Heath is the Deputy Chief Information Security Officer/Chief, Cybersecurity Division, Office of Information Dominance and Chief Information Officer, Pentagon, DC. She leads Division comprised of military, civilian, and contractor personnel responsible for developing Air Force Cybersecurity policy and strategy for over 5,000 Air Force Information Technology systems. She also manages the Air Force’s transition to the Risk Management Framework and provides oversight of the Air Force’s Assessment and Authorization program.

Ms. Jones-Heath graduated from the University of SC in 1990 with a degree in Computer Science. She began her Civil Service career as a Palace Acquire Intern as a information systems specialist in various functional areas. She moved to Headquarters Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base, Va., in 1993. There she held positions responsible for policy and guidance for security and network systems. Prior to assuming her current position, Ms. Jones-Heath was the Program Manager, Defense Information Systems Agency. Ms. Jones-Heath led the effort to establish a DoD Mobile capability to include infrastructure. Her joint experience includes working in various positions at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.

EDUCATION
1990 Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, University of SC, Columbia, SC
1994 Master of Science in Management, Troy University, Troy, AL
2001 Executive Leadership and Development Program, Pentagon, Washington, DC
2004 Master of Science in National Resource Strategy, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, DC
2006 Defense Leadership and Management Program, Pentagon, Washington, DC
2007 Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, NC
2008 Chief of Staff Air Force Fellows, Pentagon, Washington, DC
2008 Acquisition Leadership Challenge Program-II, OPM
2008 Enterprise Leadership Seminar, Kenan-Flagler, UNC, Chapel Hill, NC
2008 Air Force Civilian Strategic Leadership Program, Pentagon, Washington DC
2009 Harvard Senior Executive Fellows, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard, MA
2009 Program for Executives in Logistics & Technology, Kenan-Flagler, UNC, Chapel Hill, NC
2010 AFSO21 Senior Leadership Course, Pentagon, Washington, DC
2011 Capitol Hill Workshop, Washington, DC
2014 Critical Infrastructure Protection, Washington, DC
2015 Cyberspace Strategy and Policy, Washington, DC

ASSIGNMENTS
1. May 1990 - Jul 1993, Information Systems Management Specialist (Palace Acquire), Robins AFB, GA
2. Jul 1993 - Dec 1994, Computer Security Manager, HQ Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, VA
3. Dec 1994 - Jan 1996, Network Program Manager, HQ Air Combat Command, Langley AFB,VA
4. Jan 1996 - Jan 1999, Chief, Theater Systems, United States Air Forces Europe, Ramstein AB, Germany
5. Jan 1999 - May 2000, Chief, Integration and Testing, United States Air Forces Europe, Ramstein AB, GE
6. May 2000 - Sept 2001, Deputy Commander, 11th Communications Squadron, Bolling AFB, DC
7. Sept 2001- Aug 2003, Chief, Enterprise Division, AF Chief Information Office, Pentagon, Washington, DC
8. Aug 2003 - Jun 2004, Student, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Ft. McNair, Washington, DC
9. Jun 2004 - May 2007, Director of Staff, 96th Air Base Wing, Eglin AFB, FL
10. May 2007 - May 2010, Director, Analyses, Assessment, & Lessons Learned, Air Force District of Washington, Andrews AFB, MD
11. May 2010 - May 2012, Director, Net-Centric Operations, Office of Information Dominance and Chief Information Officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
12. May 2012 - May 2014, Program Manager for Mobility, Defense Information Systems Agency, Ft. Meade, MD
13. May 2014 – Present, Deputy Chief Information Security Officer/Chief, Cybersecurity Division, Office of Information Dominance and Chief Information Officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
AFA General George C. Kenny Award for Lessons Learned (2011)
Air Force Meritorious Civilian Service Award (2000 & 2007)
E-Government Trailblazer Award (2001)
Air Force Exemplary Civilian Service Award (1999)

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS
Certified Information Systems Management (CISM)
Air Force Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA)
Air Force Board for Corrections of Military Records
Presidential Management Fellows Program Assessor

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICIATIONS
Program Management, Level I, Acquisition Professional Development Program
Chief Information Officer (CIO)

(Current as of December 2016)