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USAF (Active Military) and then Industrial Security

Madison, AL
February 22, 2020

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Tara J. Taylor

*** *. ***** ***** ****** NW

Madison, AL

Cell: 256-***-**** (Preferred contact)


20+ years as a dynamic interdisciplinary leader with the proven ability to reduce costs/resource needs, identify and capitalize on improvement opportunities and outperform schedule/budget goals while delivering results. Highly experienced in the following areas:

System and Software Certification & Accreditation (DITSCAP, DIACAP, RMF) processes

National Industrial Security (NIS) Program operation

Large scale strategic planning and coordination

Project management and budget management

Requirements Analysis and Development

Systems acquisition

Information and network security/network operations

IT-Business alignment and process improvements.

Security policy development

Software testing and Emerging Technology Verification and Validation

Contract negotiations, Sole Source contract reviews and development

Team training, executive management briefing, site wide security education

Inspection Readiness and Audit preparation

International Business alignment – S. Korea, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia…



Aerojet Rocketdyne, Huntsville AL 9/18/2017 – Present Information Systems Security Manager, ISSM

Manages three classified closed areas supporting classified government networks, partner classified networks and internal classified networks hosting over two dozen classified contracts, 50+ classified processing engineers

Provides training oversight for classified users, developed training material, provided training to employees

Manages the companies unclassified test environment for classified tools vetting, patch management testing, software upgrade testing and operating system hardening

Manages team of system administrators providing touch maintenance, hardware upgrade support, etc.

Manages and tracks classified contracts, coordinates with Government and Prime program offices to vet classified requirements outlined in the DD254s

Manages eWAN project with $1M budget built to support classified Unified security oversight and management of WAN operations interconnecting multiple Aerojet Rocketdyne facilities and closed areas.

Works closely with subcontractors and consultants augmenting the IT Architecture and Design, Support teams to ensure proper skills staffing and training

Partners daily with multiple COEs within the company to enable new capabilities, manage emerging requirements and brief leadership on accreditation activities associated with onboarding expanding needs

Lockheed Martin, Huntsville AL 4/1/2010 – 9/15/2017

Enterprise Vulnerability Assessment Program Manager, IAM, ISSM

Managed the Enterprise (Company wide) Security tools testing program overseeing new security tool vetting, testing and fielding events. Currently testing COTS software across multiple classified large scale networks centralizing audit, insider threat, and security trend data.

Managed team of up to 10 Information Systems Security Officers (ISSO) providing information assurance (IA) and Cyber Security support to Northern Alabama Operations in Huntsville, AL and Courtland, AL across 1400+ classified computing devices

Partnered with Missile Defense Agency (MDA) DAA and MDA PMOs to provide classified communications and data connections directly to government customers - Resolved Program level issues satisfying customers and government audit agencies.

oEnsured proper federal accreditation requirements were met through coordination activities with the Defense Security Services (DSS) Agency, DISA, government customer/sponsor and Partners.

Managed multi-functional requirements affecting classified system footprints, operations and the handling of classified data. Worked directly with Program Managers to meet all Program classified processing requirements and approvals. Leads the site annual Defense Security Services (DSS) inspection evaluating Lockheed Martin’s Northern Alabama Computer Security and Cyber Defense Operations.

Provided badged-to leadership enterprise level support developing, reviewing, editing and producing policies, plans and procedures for all SSC locations nation-wide.

Chaired the Computer Information Systems and Technical Services (CISTS) Enterprise Information Systems Review Board (E-ISRB) reviewing all certification and accreditation deliverables for government approval from Fleet Ballistic Missile (FBM) packages to Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) packages spanning multiple DoD Services and Customers Company wide.

Liaisons Certification and Accreditation requirements between U.S and United Kingdom (UK) Ministry of Defense (MoD) Approving Authorities negotiating International Wide Area Network (I-WANs) connection requirements between Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company locations and United Kingdom/England facilities.

Coordinated staffing, funding requirements, training requirements, tools requirements, travel support and surge support requirements with senior leaders for enterprise wide cybersecurity efforts and projects.

Trained a facility of 800+ personnel on proper classified system operations, classified data transfers, trusted downloads and emerging protection measures. Provided local threat briefing and partners with DSS to field a robust Insider Threat Program and supports Counterintelligence activities at this location.

Works closely with the Company’s many Facility Security Officer (FSO) to develop new policies, guidelines and procedures addressing emerging security issues and challenges.

Works closely with IT to address security incidents and provide way ahead for recovery and reporting requirements. Works major IA issues with Missile Defense Agency (Army) Program Managers.

Directed team of Analysts conducting Enterprise wide data spill recovery support for the Corporation. Coordinated with Corporate IT email system administrators, server administrators, back up administrators, and data warehouses administrators to clean spills affecting government customers, company employees and other partners

Led CONUS site inspection teams during week long security compliance inspections, collecting and reporting risk factors/risk assessment decisions and extrapolating ultimate readiness ratings and presenting them to senior leadership within the company and Corporation.

Coordinates with COTS vendors for technical review data, software licenses, bug fixes and new requirements definitions while fostering long term partnerships.

Partnered with the larger Corporations in Huntsville to address community wide threats and security measures to ensure the security and safety of our Industrial Operations.

BAE Systems Corp, Eglin Air Force Base, FL 2/2010-4/2010

US Joint Forces Command, IA Analyst

Prepared DIACAP/RMF packages for United States Joint Forces Command Joint Interoperability and Integration Team (USJFCOM JFIIT) customers Provided first complete DIACAP package to USJFCOM/DAA which became the cornerstone to the Command's Certification & Accreditation Program and FISMA compliance reporting.

Built the Information Assurance program from the ground up to include TTPs, training plan, checklists and Certifying and Accrediting processes for geographically separated units.

Provided local leadership a way ahead for tackling future system accreditations through an expedited process -- built templates for quick data dumps in order to expedite emergency ATOs and connection approvals.

Built C&A Continuity of Operations plans to directly align with classified system maintenance and sustainment requirements.

Briefed key leadership on long range C&A budget requirements for system security efforts and detailed negative impacts associated with an unfunded cyber security program.

Worked directly with the Director of network operations and the Deputy Commander to build a 5, 10 and 15-year funding plan for classified system sustainment, operations, workforce certification/ongoing training to include cyber security awareness, ethical hacking, and other areas critical to the security of joint operations

Stood up eEye Retina and DISA's VMS scanning and tracking systems (respectively) on the JFIIT classified network.

Delivered capability to view classified system vulnerabilities and remediation efforts at the Combatant Command level which alleviated Designated Approving Authority (DAA) concerns and met certifying authority (CA) requirements for risk acceptance endorsements from the government customer

Directed the development of SSP, SDD, B&RP, CM and CCB documents. Highlighted major discrepancies in system life cycle management requirements and guided purchase of maintenance contracts and patch management fixes for serious system vulnerabilities

Completed DIACAP C&A on primary JFIIT classified ops network, test network and VTC suites in 2 months!

1st Special Operations Squadron Hurlburt Field 3/2009 – 1/2010

Fort Walton Beach, FL, USA

Budget: $30M

Deputy Commander and Operations Flight Commander

Managed 125 tactical deployed communications team members providing fielded satellite communications and flight following support to special operations forces deployed forward

Managed 300 squadron personnel and 600+ equipment custodians base-wide monitoring $300M in IT systems / equipment.

Sustained $25.5M in airfield systems and network architecture providing air support to real world mission operations and training events for special ops

Directed network operations / configuration management and maintenance activities on 185 servers and 9,000 workstations

Oversaw Knowledge Operations personnel and key projects in areas including networks and web portal development.

Cultivated strong relationships across commands and services to mediate conflict and negotiate agreements between special operations and conventional policy developers.

Improved systems security / functionality by leading high-value upgrades of 3,000+ pieces of equipment ($1.8M cumulative outlay) and completed SIPR enclave C&A package (DIACAP)

Prepared installation for successful DISA Cyber Readiness Inspection; garnered highest grade possible / developed POA&Ms / security policies / new processes and procedures

Fielded 5,000 software patches / secure install guides on collaborative web-site; reduced hot fix / patch distribution times by 95% -- nailed DISA STIG network compliance requirements

Optimized security and sustained operations by achieving 99.99% connectivity rates for multilevel networks; briefed leadership weekly on IA security posture, threats, network defense

Decreased server footprint 0% by procuring / implementing a $1M virtual machine solution.

Aligned squadron flights with the Air Force's 2-flight construct vision; negotiated with Unions.

Developed and implemented strategies to maximize the availability and functionality of mission-critical networks; instituted patch-management processes in cooperation with Regional Network Coordination Center.

Created 8 SOWs / 4 Civilian PDs / executed $3.2M in EOY funds / developed FY12 POM, 2010 Spend Plan and procurement documentation for 9 future network expansion projects

- Awarded Meritorious Service Medal for superior performance this assignment

HQ AF Special Operations Command/A6, Hurlburt Field 6/2007 – 3/2009

Fort Walton Beach, FL USA

Chief, Cyber Security

Developed, Directed, Oversaw the Information Assurance / Cyber Security Program for USAFSOC

oDelivered first USAF security-compliant DIACAP package for Predator Operations Center; Managed $20M project / 15 member IPT through systems T&E, C&A; hit IOC 3 weeks early

oLed transition from DITSCAP to DIACAP process, trained 53 IAM / PM and FSAs.

oGenerated 70% decrease in ATO cycle time by devising new emergency ATO process on USAF Tiger Team.

oLed IPT through IT-LEAN processes and Reciprocity discussions. Identified risk issues / mitigation factors across joint environments, coordinated solution

oDeveloped 1 of only 2 Emergency ATOs throughout the Air Force.

oAttained 100% FISMA compliance with Special Operations Forces (SOF) systems

Coordinated with DISA, the Army, Navy, and other Combatant Commands to address Cyber reciprocity agreements and field standard tools sharing C&A artifacts, system vulnerabilities, mitigation measures for major weapon systems deployed globally and test and validation procedures. Ensured adherence to and the integration of Department of Defense requirements / policies.

Spearheaded the creation and deployment of policies / procedures across INFOSEC, C&A (DITSCAP and DIACAP), COMSEC, COMPUSEC and TMAP for 20,000 SOF personnel globally.

oTransitioned 15 DITSCAP packages into DIACAP vehicle and built 3 SOF Air Msn Suite packages

Established training and development requirements for Cyber personnel (500+) across the Command

Developed, Socialized and Implemented Cyber Security policy, guidelines, instructions and daily TTP releases

Managed multimillion dollar Special Ops Forces Weather Operations Center project; generated cross domain solution accreditation package-coordinated with DSAWG

Completed first DIACAP on SOF IT platform modification on USAF weapon system (C-130)

Certified over 500 COTS/GOTS products as the Command’s Certifying Authority

oProduced a 50% workload reduction in software testing and certification cycle times (from months to weeks)

Won 2 command-level Communications and Information Awards and AFCM deployed

Played key role in providing accredited mission critical systems to SOF aircraft before / during no notice critical missions.

Resolved issues (24/7) in tandem with colleagues to optimize war fighting systems and circuit (Predator feed) availability while running the Command’s Network Operations Center (NOC).

Conducted security and IT training programs. Functioned as Certifying Authority (CA) for Software/Systems under the Command DAA. Make weapon system certification and accreditation recommendations to the Designated Accrediting Authority (usually a 3 star general)

The Command's Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) Representative for the Command, supporting the E-Governance Act and providing critical budgetary information, to Congress, important to the economic and national security interests of our Nation.

353d Special Operations Group, PACIFIC 4/2004 – 6/2007

Kadena Air Base Okinawa, Japan

Budget Responsibility: $1.5M

OIC Deployed Tactical Communications and Deputy Inspector General

Orchestrated/planned inspections, developed readiness training, and generated performance assessments.

Bolstered war preparedness by deploying 500 team members to South Korea and executing 14 day readiness exercise scenarios. Conducted evening mock war drills in Seoul, Korea with 300+ Airmen testing operational readiness, combat triage skills and biochemical attack response methods

Investigated security issues and apprised senior management of results. Performed site reviews of 60 unit hardware accounts / 4,000 pieces of equipment and 155 automated data processing accounting principles.

Enhanced security, safety, and emergency readiness base-wide by spearheading aircraft crash training exercise; identified areas for administrative / security improvements.

Orchestrated zero notice training exercises simulating aircraft crash events on host base airstrip.

oTested squadron commanders on readiness, organizational skills, PPI handling procedures and notification processes.

oManaged activities within command and control center overseeing information distribution driving command level decisions and reactions to simulation.

oGraded commanders on performance and identified areas of concern which culminated into an annual fixed training exercise command wide.

Achieved Excellent rating by directing initiative to maximize information technology/administrative/training and mobility readiness inspection for 744 personnel; created schedules, prepared items for review, and developed web-based guide to conduct self-assessments.

oAwarded early promotion to Major -- pinned on 10 months before peers.

oGarnered first pick relocation assignment stateside

oAwarded Meritorious Service Medal for outstanding service

Led 80 military/civil service and contractors in the deployment of tactical Special Ops Communications capabilities.

Provided secure Command and Control to 42 joint and unilateral special operations missions in wartime, humanitarian ops, Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) and Joint Combined Exchange Training exercises (JCET).

Managed the inventory, mobilization, and deployment of 8 separate deployment packages valued in excess of $25M.

Streamlined 4000+ tasks across 10 career fields in 5 units.

Conducted evaluations and set training requirements; promoted 15 personnel in 1 year.

Deployed to Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, Guam.

Oversaw the deployed combat communications links via satellite to joint special operations forces for live missions and training missions.

Deployed teams on 14 typhoon evacuations, 4 Special Operations Forces operations and 11 exercises that logged over 2,500 travel days.

Orchestrated the annual combat communications training exercise on the South Korean peninsula for 200 army and air force personnel.

Developed deployment plans and flushed out logistical requirements with the command staff.

Built training plans, team building exercises and evaluation criteria.

Wrote 100+ award packages and special recognition letters. Wrote 100+ performance appraisals as the first line supervisor.

Managed Command Post flight following operations during initial combat communications stand up procedures during major deployment and redeployment activities.

Addressed on the spot communications requirements and found solutions to time critical demands of mission commanders.

Set up 24 hour operations to support global telecommunications requirements and procured fuel for generators in foreign countries.

Worked tirelessly and directly with logistics and aircrew to fly in needed supplies for unexpected stays in Philippines, Thailand and Malaysia.

Stayed at home station during three separate typhoon evacuations to ensure families were taken care of.

53rd Wing, EGLIN AFB 5/2003 – 6/2004

Niceville, FL USA

Chief, Advanced Plans and Programs

Implemented/sustained multi-level secure networks across 300+ sites and 2,600 combat AF users.

Ensured connectivity of classified network resources for Defense Department and National Guard operations in Middle East.

Aligned security with Central Intelligence Agency requirements.

Served as IS Security Officer and PM for the bed down of new facilities and capabilities in the Middle East.

Oversaw SAP/SAR expansion projects to ensure fielded customers received connections to vital data during OEF.

Reduced collaboration time among remote divisions 85% by devising and implementing a plan for leveraging a unit web-based report monitoring solution.

Built site pages and coordinated group document reviews, data dumps and provided data backup capabilities.

Maximized environmental protections by enforcing access control and continuity of operation guidelines; oversaw $3.5M program and physical security requirements for 2 facilities at geographically separated locations.

Improved information security by analyzing and modifying 15 system security plans. Build floor and network diagrams and collaborated with dispersed system administrators to ensure accurate reflection of facilities security posture.

Briefed senior management of violations / issues, and conducted self-inspections to improve facility and system compliance.

Provided USSPACECOM program level update briefings semi-annually.

Wrote CONOPS for mission critical systems supporting specific missions of three letter agencies. Coordinated event data transfers to specific sites in the Middle East.

27th Fighter Wing, Cannon AFB 5/2000 – 6/2003

Clovis, New Mexico USA

Budget Responsibility: $38M

Commander, Plans and Programs Flight, VI and Operations Group Executive Officer

Managed day to day operations of the Operations Group command section and supported group commander (Colonel, O-6), deputy group commander (Colonel, O-6), Chief of Maintenance (Colonel, O-6), and the group command Chief with maintaining 72 aircraft and 1,200 active duty members. Provided 5 F-16 flying units, operational support staff and group commanders with day-to-day administrative support.

Conducted safety inspections and managed group events for 18 month time frame. Oversaw deployment of 800+ personnel to Nellis AFB, Las Vegas Nevada during airfield resurfacing project at home station.

Managed all 800+ personnel's travel arrangements, TDY expenses, and calendars for executive staff. Oversaw DV visits to 27th Operations Group, Cannon AFB and served as Wing Commander's executive officer when the executive officer was on leave or holiday.

Held Company Grade Office Association Treasury, Secretary and Vice President Positions.

Established CND training center in the Ops group; developed training plan and rotated 70+ airmen through computer training courses to enable them to better support the communications requirements of today.

Served in Saudi Arabia as base commander's executive officer; oversaw daily operations of the front office, managed the DV quarters for visiting dignitaries, coordinated trip itineraries around the Middle East for my commanders and oversaw the final phase of Desert Shift: the operational movement of the Middle East Command and Control Center to another long range base in theater.

Developed robust wireless/mobile C2 capability for transmitting real time updates to fielded command centers during Operational readiness exercises for Chemical/Biological and Nuclear events, capability enabled personnel under simulated attack to communicate with the command centers via network without phone services in place.

oGarnered Air Force Commendation medal during a single exercise for this accomplishment.

Optimized strategic planning through oversight of command, control, communications, and computer requirements ($38M budget)

Facilitated delivery of projects aligned with cost/schedule targets.

Maintained crisis/emergency management response procedures.

Coordinated all base C4I projects and improvement efforts

Implemented PKI-CAC solution installation wide; managed entire program.

oCoordinated with DoD agencies to enable certificate validation capabilities through primary provider and ensure proper communications requirements in place with Air Force Certifying Authority and Registration Authorities.

Managed Theater Battle Management Core System Program; led DT/OT and hit IOC on cost/schedule.

Generated 5-10 year strategy for leveraging emerging technologies to increase security.

Generated POM requirements for Cannon Air Force Base's Congressional Funding Requirements Review.

Orchestrated installation of redundant fiber path enabling continuity of operations in times of disaster.

Filled in as squadron commander -- oversaw 200+ personnel in the areas of deployed communications, network operations, public affairs support, and command post radio operator support.

Oversaw the tech refresh efforts for base wide computer system replacements, server upgrades, software upgrades and key infrastructure upgrades in order to meet more challenging operating environment requirements.

Planned, orchestrated the construction of an alternate command post; provided base commander alternate site in case of disaster.

Directed $16.1M network across 3,600 users and practice bombing range.

Spearheaded operations to ensure optimal services (C4I) on base and worldwide for Air Combat Command forces.

Dual hatted as Disaster control and safety board investigation Command and Control principle. Procured base wide C2 wireless network for disaster control responders – A FIRST EVER.

Procured enterprise wide VTC capability; hosted 15 events among Air Combat Command and 22 other military sites. This was a first for the 22 installations connected to this classified VTC capability

Oversaw the delicate matter of photographing 2 aircraft crash sites and the crew remains. Prepared and shipped aircraft mishap reports to Air Combat Command. Provided DV support to the Wing Commander.

Ensured secure communications in place when hosted SECDEF, VPOTUS, Ambassadors and other visiting General Officers.

Air Force Research Labs, Wright Patterson AFB USA

5/1998 – 5/2000

Simulations Based Research Engineer

Air Force Research Labs, Wright Patterson AFB USA

10/1997 – 5/1998

Device Process Chemist


Embry Riddle University, Cannon Air Force Base Florida USA 2000-2002

Master of Science in Aeronautical Science in Aviation/Aerospace Safety Systems and Management

Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas USA 1993-1997

Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology with a double minor in Aerospace Science and Chemistry from Texas State University


Security+ CE

CEH – Certified Ethical Hacker

CHFI – Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator

ISP – Industrial Security Professional – National Classification Management Society (NCMS)

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