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Attilio Bonaccorso Adjunct Professor Kogod School of Business

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Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School

Master of Diplomacy from Norwich University

Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from Rutgers University

High-performing executive professional with over 18 years of dynamic and challenging experience spearheading cybersecurity initiatives and information technology innovation. Frontrunner with expertise in cyber defense strategies, training methodologies, securing government networks, and counterintelligence. Foster and strengthen public and private sector relationships, including key stakeholders, government agencies, and strategic partnerships. Subject matter expert in risk management and mitigation to identify pitfalls, analyze opportunities for improvement, and create operational plans to secure data, networks, and confidential information.

Mr. Bonaccorso is currently adjunct faculty at American University and the curriculum manager for cybersecurity risk management. When not at the university, Mr. Bonaccorso works is on Joint Duty Assignment from the National Security Agency in Texas to the 16th Air Force as the Senior Cryptologic Advisor

Previously, Mr. Bonaccorso was tapped to lead the COVID-19 Commander’s Action Group at NSA in Texas to design, implement, and execute analysis and policies across the cryptologic site to mitigate the threat of the pandemic to the workforce.

Prior to that assignment he was the Director for Enterprise Discovery Operations. Mr. Bonaccorso’s group is responsible for discovering the unknown, unknowns of the nation’s toughest intelligence problems.

Prior to taking this position, Mr. Bonaccorso was the Technical Director of the same group, where his responsibilities were to ensure the technical health and knowledge of the organization.

Prior to this, Mr. Bonaccorso was Senior Cyber Strategist for SIGINT Development, Strategy and Governance. There, he developed strategy for cybersecurity across the global intelligence enterprise.

Mr. Bonaccorso served briefly as the Deputy Chief of Offensive Cyber Operations for the Navy’s Fleet Cyber Command/ US TENTH Fleet.

Previously, Mr. Bonaccorso was a Technical Policy Officer for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) at the National Counterintelligence Executive (NCIX). He worked on projects that could fundamentally change how technical counterintelligence operates within the intelligence community and the rest of the U.S. Government.

Mr. Bonaccorso was tapped as an emergency fill for the National Security Council and served as a Director for Cybersecurity in the Executive Office of the President under Howard A. Schmidt, Special Assistant to the President and Cybersecurity Coordinator. He established the role of Executive Assistant to the Cybersecurity Coordinator. While there Mr. Bonaccorso helped to inform and develop national cybersecurity policies, and informed presidential decisions.

Previously, Mr. Bonaccorso was a Senior Analyst with Chiron Technology Services, Inc. at the National Security Agency’s (NSA) Information Assurance Directorate (IAD). He led a project to automate analysis for alert and warning indicators of malicious activity on government classified networks using a blend of government and commercial software. During this time, he researched new and emerging technologies.

Before Chiron, he was a Requirements and Targeting Network Team Lead at NSA in the Signal Intelligence Directorate (SID). He led a team of nine analysts engaged in multiple Computer Network Operations (CNO) activities. He was the lead analyst on national level projects and those directly relating to Special Operation Forces (SOF) objectives in forward deployed areas. He teamed with multiple agencies, forward deployed to assist in CNO operations related to objectives in Iraq, and assisted IA authorities with identifying, assessing and addressing cyber threat operations.

Previously, Mr. Bonaccorso was a Global Network Analyst at NSA and deployed to Iraq from March to September 2007. He established an inter-agency support position in a forward environment to fulfill critical intelligence needs gaps. He performed Global Network Analysis, systems analysis, and SIGINT technical reporting in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He also directly supported multiple critical SOF combat mission objectives across the entire Area of Responsibility.

Mr. Bonaccorso completed NSA’s Intelligence Analysis Development Program and rotated to five different missions to gain knowledge of agency operations.

Mr. Bonaccorso started his career as a Network Administrator and offered Desktop Support for Essilor of America/Intelitech Computer Solutions in Dallas, TX.

Mr. Bonaccorso was honored with the US Secretary of Defense Global War on Terrorism Civilian Service Medal in 2011, and the National Intelligence Certificate of Distinction in 2009. Has 11 citations from various Intelligence Community components, as well as letters of appreciation from the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Rutgers University, a Master of Diplomacy with a Concentration in Terrorism from Norwich University (2008), and a Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School. In addition, he is a former adjunct faculty member of the National Cryptologic School. Mr. Bonaccorso is an avid technologist, hobbyist, and family man. Mr. Bonaccorso and his wife live in San Antonio, Texas with their two children.
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