Over the last 30 years, Brigitte Custer has served as a technology strategist and trusted advisor to executives and agency heads across the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC), Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense, and Federal Law Enforcement. She is an innovative problem solver combining broad-based business acumen with advanced Information Technology (IT) system knowledge to successfully design and deliver mission-critical solutions to both the public and private sector. Prior to her appointment as Intelligence and Homeland Security Chief Technology Officer, Ms. Custer led GDIT’s Cyber Security Practice and was responsible for articulating and implementing cyber security strategy within the Intelligence Solutions Division.
Exclusively focused in the IC since “9/11,” Brigitte has successfully managed high-profile programs in the secure information domain while effectively bridging the communications gap that often exists between mission users and technologists. In a previous role, Ms. Custer advised leadership across all 17 agencies of the IC on IT architecture, intelligence sharing, and national policy matters on behalf of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Chief Information Officer (ODNI CIO). For this effort, she was honored with the National Intelligence Community Award for “co-leadership and critical accomplishments instrumental to establishing the community’s strategic direction and delivering key capabilities foundational to the National Intelligence Strategy for Information Sharing.”
Brigitte has a Master’s degree in Software Systems Engineering from George Mason University, and a Master’s Certificate in Computer Security and Information Assurance from George Washington University. Brigitte’s Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Information Systems is from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She currently retains the following professional certifications: PMP, CISM, CISA, CISSP-ISSAP, CCSP, CEH, and CNDA.