Robert Powell currently serves as NASA’s Senior Advisor for Cybersecurity. This is a key advisory position that provides technical guidance on information technology security and reports directly to the Agency’s Chief Information Officer. Prior to this role, he served in the position of Security Services Oversight and Planning for OCIO’s IT Security Division. He also led the joint-cyber initiative between NASA and DHS which leverages non-signature based technologies for threat prediction and detection.
Powell has a lengthy and accomplished career as a cyber professional and technology executive. Prior to joining NASA’s OCIO, he led the vision and establishment of the DoD Cyber IA Range which is a component of the President¹s Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative. Powell has also spent time working with Silicon Valley startups focused on network virtualization and cyber attack simulation.
Throughout Powell’s career, he has demonstrated an ability to lead complex technology programs, foster collaboration amongst cyber professionals, and execute initiatives with passion, energy, and tenacity.
Powell is a Summa Cum Laude graduate from Shenandoah University, a runner-up recipient of NSA’s Frank B. Rowlett Award, and holds numerous industry certifications in cybersecurity.