Heather Engel is a strategic advisor to government and industry clients specializing in executive support, risk management, cyber security, business continuity planning, and security program development. She founded Strategic Cyber Partners in 2019 and is the Managing Partner.
She is a recognized expert in risk analysis, incident management, and security frameworks including FedRAMP and NIST 800-53, Federal acquisition cyber security requirements, U.S. Department of Defense instructions and guidelines, the HIPAA Security Rule, the New York State DFS Cybersecurity Framework, and PCI DSS. She is a frequent author and featured speaker on podcasts, webinars, and in-person events.
Ms. Engel graduated from the Pennsylvania State University and earned a Master of Business Administration from Florida Institute of Technology. She holds numerous industry certifications including CISSP, CISM, and CISA. Prior to Strategic Cyber Partners, she worked as an advisor for DoD clients at Booz Allen Hamilton, General Dynamics, and a commercial cyber security firm. She was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership in 2017 where she served on the Executive Committee, the Strategic Planning Committee, and as chair of the Legislative and Policy Committee.
Recognized by Inside Business as a 2015 Women in Business, she was also a member of the Hampton Roads Civic Leadership Institute Class of 2020 and was featured in the book “Women Know Cyber – 100 Fascinating Females Fighting Cybercrime”. She is active in several community initiatives including the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative, ISC2 Safe and Secure Online, and Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS); and is a frequent contributor to the podcast “Talking Cyber” hosted by Cybersecurity Ventures.