Colorado Springs, CO – The National Cybersecurity Center (NCC) has appointed Gary McAlum, Chief Security Officer (Retired), USAA, to its Board of Directors.

“We are honored and pleased to welcome Gary McAlum and his invaluable experience to our NCC Board of Directors,” said Harry D. Raduege, Jr., Lieutenant General, USAF (Ret.), CEO of the National Cybersecurity Center. “In a time when cyber-attacks make headlines too often, Gary brings exceptional leadership and expertise in cybersecurity to help the NCC build trust, knowledge, & security throughout Cyberspace.”

Gary McAlum recently retired as Senior Vice President and Chief Security Officer for United Services Automobile Association (USAA) after 11 years.  As USAA’s first Chief Security Officer, he was responsible for Information Security, Physical Security Operations, Fraud, Business Continuation, Privacy, and Corporate Investigations.

Prior to joining USAA, McAlum served 25 years in the US Air Force.  Throughout his military career, he worked in a variety of leadership and staff positions within the information technology career field including: telecommunications, satellite communications, network operations, and information security. In addition, he was on the front line of military cyberspace operations where he supported the establishment and evolution of the Joint Task Force Global Network Operations, the organization that was the focal point for the operation and security of DoD information systems and networks, and precursor to the US Cyber Command.  During this time, he was frequently called upon to provide cyber threat insights to a wide variety of interagency forums, including the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission, the President’s National Cyber Study Group, and Congressional testimony.   In 2016, McAlum was inducted into the Air Force Cyberspace Operations and Support Hall of Fame.

With a vibrant cybersecurity career spanning decades in the Air Force and USAA, Gary McAlum  will help the NCC become a nationally recognized leader in cybersecurity education, workforce development, and public policy.

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The National Cybersecurity Center (NCC) is a non-profit organization established for cyber innovation and awareness. Established in 2016 from the vision of United States Senator from Colorado John Hickenlooper, in coordination with several people from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) and the community, the NCC serves both public and private organizations and individuals through training, education and research. Discover NCC at https://cyber-center.org.