Branch Chief, Active Assailant Security
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency
Susan Schneider currently serves as the chief of Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) Active Assailant Security Branch within the Infrastructure Security Division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In that role she leads the efforts in the development of tools and resources to mitigate the threats to public gathering events and locations. This includes risk mitigation support to public gathering locations and training on topics including active shooter preparedness, suspicious activity reporting, vehicle ramming and houses of worship security.
Prior to serving in her current role, Schneider served as the section chief for operational analysis in the National Risk Management Center within CISA. In this role, she helped lead a strategic, cross-sector risk management approach to cyber and physical threats to critical infrastructure in coordination with government and the private sector. Key areas of focus included vulnerability and risk assessments, all-hazards crisis management and all-source intelligence analysis.
Schneider has over 20 years of military and federal experience in the U.S. government. Prior to her time with DHS, Schneider was a security forces member and a special agent in the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. She investigated felony criminal acts, conducted protective service operations and led antiterrorism initiatives. She holds a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from Park University and a Master of Arts in executive leadership from Liberty University.
Updating Methodologies and Guidelines for Threat, Vulnerability and Risk Assessment Methods for Protecting Public Spaces
The U.S. government is in the process of updating its guidelines and best practices for threat, risk and vulnerability assessments, through agencies like the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, along with a great deal of input on resilience and adaptation for many different kinds of agencies, installations and commercial enterprises. This discussion touches on three different aspects of this ongoing process and highlights what some of the impacts that these updated measures will have inside and outside of government.