The NSA's failures are public headlines. Its successes are secret.
These days America's National Security Agency lives at the intersection of two paranoias-governmental fears of attack and citizen fears about loss of privacy. Both paranoias were exacerbated by a pair of devastating attacks-9/11 and Edward Snowden. The agency now has to evolve rapidly while managing its normal heavy traffic of threats and staying ahead of the ever-accelerating frontier of cyber capabilities.
In the emerging era of transparency, and in the thick of transition, what does the NSA look like from inside?
Threats are daily, but governance is long term. At the heart of handling that balance is Anne Neuberger, Special Assistant to NSA Director Michael Rogers and Director of the Commercial Solutions Center. (Before this assignment she was Special Advisor to the Secretary of Navy; before that, in 02007, a White House Fellow.)
Anne Neuberger serves as Special Assistant to the Director, NSA for the Enduring Security Framework, an executive and working level partnership between members of the IT and DIB sectors and senior Government officials in the Departments of Homeland Security, Defense, and Intelligence Community. Prior to joining NSA, Anne served as the Navy’s Deputy Chief Management Officer and a Special Advisor to the Secretary of the Navy, with responsibility for guiding Navy’s enterprise IT programs.
Anne first joined government service in 2007 as a White House Fellow in the Department of Defense, working for Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. The non partisan White House Fellows Program was founded in 1964 and is one of America’s most prestigious programs for leadership and public service. Prior to joining government service, Anne was Senior Vice President of Operations at American Stock Transfer & Trust Company (AST), one of the largest transfer agents in the US, where she was responsible for directing operations, including dividend distributions, proxy tabulations and complex mergers and acquisitions processing. Anne joined AST in 1994 as a software programmer, was promoted to the position of Chief Information Officer in 2003 and Senior VP of Operations in 2005. As CIO, she led a team that designed and implemented systems to automate the granting and exercising of stock options as well as online share purchases and sales. As Senior VP of Operations she managed the acquisition and integration of the corporate trust operations of Wachovia Bank, NA.
Anne earned a MBA, Beta Gamma Sigma and a Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University. She graduated from Touro College, summa cum laude, where she was awarded the Hannah Lander Award for Academic Excellence and a Merit Scholarship.