Information Assurance Director
National Security Agency
Ms. Plunkett serves as Director of the Information Assurance Directorate (IAD) at the National Security Agency. On behalf of the Director, NSA, the IAD is the focal point for Cyber Security, Cryptography, and information systems security for all national security systems. Specific responsibilities include research and development activities to generate IA techniques and solutions, ensuring the availability of IA products and solutions and understanding the threat to and vulnerability of national security systems.
From August 2008-May 2010, Ms. Plunkett served as the Deputy Director Information Assurance. She has also served in various leadership positions in the Signals Intelligence Directorate, to include Assistant Deputy Director for Customer Relationships, where she was responsible for guiding the development and implementation of the strategic direction for the Customer Relationships Directorate (CRD) and the Chief of the Technical SIGINT and Information Operations Group within the Analysis and Production/SIGINT Directorate where she managed SIGINT production and requirements.
Mrs. Plunkett also served as a Director on the National Security Council at the White House. In this capacity, she led the development and coordination of national policy on critical infrastructure protection and cyber security issues.
Mrs. Plunkett graduated from Towson University in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Science. In 1999 she was awarded a Master of Science in Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University. She is a 2002 graduate of the National War College where she was awarded a Master of Science in National Security Strategy. Mrs. Plunkett completed the Executive Development Seminar in 1998, the IC EXCEL Seminar in 2004, and the IC Intelligence Fellows Program in August 2005, and the Harvard Law School program in Conflict Management and Negotiations in 2009.
Mrs. Plunkett earned certification as a Traffic Analyst in 1987 and in 1993 was certified as a senior member of the Intelligence Analysis technical track. In 1995, she was awarded an NSA Graduate Fellowship, which was used to pursue advanced studies in management at the Johns Hopkins University. She completed the Senior Leadership Development Program at NSA in 2001 and was elevated to senior executive status in that same year. In 2007, Mrs. Plunkett was awarded the rank of Meritorious Executive in the Senior Cryptologic Executive Service by the President of the United States.
A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Mrs. Plunkett enjoys genealogy, sports, reading, and spending time with her family. She and her husband, Roger, live in Ellicott City, Maryland and have a son and a daughter.