Interview with Diana Parr

In February 2016 and as part of the NCI’s IWICS, Dr. Jane LeClair hosted Diana Parr. Diana is a Cybersecurity Technical Leader for the National Security Agency (NSA). She supports the NSA Information Assurance mission as a cybersecurity advocate to senior leadership within NSA, as well as diplomatic and intelligence agencies. She has worked on projects involving computer network attacks against government and diplomatic systems, cloud computing vulnerabilities, nuclear command and control protection, and other information assurance issues. She also served in technical management roles involving data center management, help desk operations, and software development, both while working for NSA’s Technology Directorate and in a previous assignment with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI).

Ms. Parr is the recipient of two national intelligence awards for service and leadership in the intelligence community. Prior to joining the federal government, she worked in private industry for 20 years, including four years working for software companies in Silicon Valley.

Diana holds an M.A. in Strategic Security Studies from the National Defense University and a B.S. in Information Systems Management from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).