Kyle Malo is Senior Director of Cybersecurity and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). As CISO, he leads cybersecurity strategy and execution for the nation’s second busiest transit system – a critical infrastructure system that supports over a million daily commuters. WMATA’s current focus is on leveraging intelligence to drive larger risk-management strategies.
Prior to joining WMATA, Mr. Malo served as the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) CISO, providing technical security oversight for over a thousand systems, applications, networks and for the hardware necessary for the FBI to execute its domestic intelligence and law enforcement missions. As the CISO, Mr. Malo led enterprise, global, efforts to secure critical national security information leveraging a talented team of professionals with expertise in engineering, threat hunting/emulation, risk management, intelligence, supply chain, and incident response.
Mr. Malo began his career in the Air Force, enlisting as a Security Forces Airman in 1997. As a “Distinguished Graduate” in law enforcement and ground combat, he was assigned to F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Cheyenne, WY in the protection of nuclear weapons. In 2004 earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Crime, Law and Justice from The Pennsylvania State University. While attending Penn State, he served as the University Police Department’s Security and Traffic Division Coordinator, overseeing the unit’s 120 officers and campus-wide programs.
In 2004, Mr. Malo was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Air Force, serving as an intelligence officer. While stationed in Las Vegas, NV, he supported the unmanned MQ-1 Predator providing intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance for ground forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. He accrued over 1,500 hours of mission time and directly contributed to the kill or capture of over 120 terrorists and dozens of terrorist leaders, including a 2006 mission that resulted in the elimination of al-Qaeda leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
In 2009, he earned his master’s degree in Business Administration, graduating with “distinction”. That same year, he joined the FBI as the FBI Director’s Office Chief Security Officer (CSO). As CSO, he managed security for over 7,000 personnel domestically and deployed globally in over 100 countries. Support was provided in all areas of security including: physical, personnel, industrial, information assurance, information systems, operational, and continuity planning. For his work in this capacity, Mr. Malo was awarded the 2016 Director’s Award for Excellence in Leadership.