Booz Allen's Brad Medairy Named Cyber Exec of the Year by Northern Virginia Technology Council
"The global pandemic has heightened the importance of cybersecurity more than ever before. With virtual schools, workplaces, and healthcare, the attack surface has expanded at an unprecedented rate." -- Jennifer Taylor, president, and CEO of the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC)
Each year, the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) recognizes leaders making substantial contributions to their company and the Greater Washington cybersecurity environment. In 2020—a year filled with unique cybersecurity challenges—the NVTC selected Booz Allen Executive Vice President Brad Medairy as its Cyber Executive of the Year.
A history of excellence on critical missions
During his nearly 25 years with Booz Allen, Medairy has supported a wide range of clients across the defense, intelligence, civilian, and private-sector industries. He currently leads a team of hundreds of cybersecurity professionals, artificial intelligence engineers, network engineers, software developers, data scientists, and business strategists. These cross-disciplinary teams are driving innovation in areas from zero trust for 5G networks to scaling up AI-based security solutions for sensitive weapons systems.
“Clients trust Booz Allen to support some of the nation’s most critical missions—the same missions that sophisticated threat actors want to disrupt,” Medairy said. “I am proud that our team has earned this trust over decades and continues to deliver results with dedication and excellence every day.”
Keeping the world ahead of emerging threats
“At Booz Allen, we are all about empowering people to change the world—and Brad is doing just that. Brad is a strong leader and incredible technical executive who is fostering a purposeful and persistent culture of innovation, meeting our clients’ missions, supporting and developing our phenomenal cyber talent, and living our firm’s values,” said Booz Allen Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer Susan Penfield.
Most recently, Medairy and his team of analysts developed forward looking analysis that anticipates risks and threats based on Booz Allen's deep technical expertise and work clients worldwide, helping to protect the entire industry. Recent reports in this area have included an examination of the opportunity and security considerations of 5G mobile technology, a deep-dive into the logic behind Russian military cyber operations, and a look at the cyber threat trends and threat landscape ahead in 2021.
"We are proud of the innovative work the NVTC Cyber Award winners are doing to protect our most critical assets, personal information, and national security," said NVTC President and CEO Jennifer Taylor.
Fostering respect, equity, and opportunity
Medairy—also a finalist for WashingtonExec’s Cybersecurity Industry Executive of the Year—is dedicated to creating a community of diverse cyber practitioners, innovators, and leaders, both within Booz Allen and in the greater community.
His work to help make cybersecurity a career path for all has included:
Leading the launch of Booz Allen’s new Cyber Technical Excellence program, aimed at expanding career and training pathways for intermediate and advanced cyber talent
Championing Booz Allen’s leadership in the development of the Northern Virginia Cyber Training Roadmap
Sponsoring Booz Allen’s participation in the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative’s NoVaNode, which promotes technology commercialization, entrepreneurship, and development of future generations of cyber talent
Mentoring local tech incubators and startups with Dcode, which brings the tech industry together to drive commercial innovation in the federal market
Serving as a Middle School Science Olympiad coach to increase youth interest in STEM
Learn more about critical cybersecurity work at Booz Allen.