Samuel S. Visner is the director of the National Cybersecurity Federally Funded Research and Development Center (NCF), which MITRE manages in support of the NIST National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE).
In this role, Visner oversees efforts to bring together experts from industry, government, and academia to demonstrate integrated cybersecurity solutions that are cost-effective, repeatable, and scalable. The FFRDC is the first of its kind dedicated to cybersecurity.
Visner joined MITRE from an executive position at ICF International, which advises business and government entities on issues related to health, homeland security, defense, and energy. He also held leadership positions at CSC (Computer Sciences Corporation) and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). Mr. Visner served at CSC as Vice President/General Manager, CSC Global Cybersecurity, and at ICF as Senior Vice President, Cybersecurity and Resilience.
In addition, he served as chief of signals intelligence programs at the National Security Agency, where he was awarded the agency’s Exceptional Civilian Service Award in 2003, its highest civilian award. Visner has been a leader in public/private partnerships and collaborations, including the Intelligence and National Security Alliance, the Air Force Communications and Electronics Association, the Professional Services Council, and the Intelligence Community Studies Board, managed by the National Academy of Science. Throughout his career, he has worked across multiple federal sponsors. He serves as an adjunct professor of cybersecurity at Georgetown University. Mr. Visner has also served as a member of the Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Task Force of the Defense Science Board, and as a consultant to the President’s Task Force on the Capabilities of the Intelligence Community Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction.
In 2018, Washingtonian magazine named Visner among its Tech Titans, those it considers “the most influential and interesting people in the local tech scene, from start-up founders to government officials to venture capitalists.” The list includes executives from Uber, Apple, Amazon, Google, and Microsoft.
Visner holds a bachelor’s degree in international politics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He earned a master’s degree in telecommunications from George Washington University.