Perspectives on Cybersecurity


Messer addressed cybersecurity trends and concerns her clients face going into 2017 and offered advice to address those concerns. Goforth shared suggestions for workers looking to break into the cyber field, while Heckler discussed ways she’s using her general management consulting background to help clients solve their cyber challenges.


Angie MesserAngela M. Messer

Angie Messer is the global leader of Booz Allen Hamilton’s Cybersecurity business. In her role she is responsible for the firm’s team of cybersecurity experts who deliver engagements in next generation cyber to commercial, government, and international clients.  A former US Army officer, Ms. Messer has also worked in industry, managing two major commercial businesses and launching a startup software development company. Ms. Messer is a West Point Military Academy graduate who earned a B.S. degree in engineering management and holds an M.S. degree in management from the Florida Institute of Technology. 


Trish GoforthPatricia Goforth

Patricia Goforth leads the firm’s Cybersecurity operations business, focusing on design, development and deployment of cyber solutions that integrate technology, operations, personnel, and policy to meet client’s mission critical goals. She is also a leader in the firm’s Cyber Technology Center of Excellence which delivers cybersecurity, IT infrastructure, and mission assurance capabilities to clients across the commercial, international, civil, defense and national security markets. Before joining the firm, Ms. Goforth served as a systems engineer at CONTEL. She received B.S. and M.S. degrees in systems engineering from the University of Virginia and has 30 years of professional experience in the areas of cyber and IT infrastructure.


Alexandra HecklerAlexandra Heckler 

Alexandra Heckler works in Booz Allen’s Commercial High-Tech Manufacturing business. She specializes in driving innovative cyber risk management strategy and solutions, particularly for automotive and high-tech companies. Previously, Alexandra delivered strategy development and stakeholder engagement for technology, incident response, and risk analysis initiatives across several government and defense agencies. Alexandra holds a BS in Foreign Service with an Honors Certificate in International Business Diplomacy, and a MA in Communication, Culture and Technology from Georgetown University.


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