Justin DePalmo has been named the Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT), a business unit of General Dynamics, the aerospace and defense firm.

DePalmo will be responsible for all aspects of cybersecurity, including strategy, operations, implementation and management of cybersecurity compliance, training, vulnerability management, risk mitigation, incident response and cyber threat intelligence.

DePalmo has more than 15 years of cybersecurity experience in the aerospace and defense industry. Previously, DePalmo served General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems as its CISO. He was responsible for leading the company’s cybersecurity strategy and implementing and managing cybersecurity controls, including security technology for the entire organization. He also oversaw the organization’s cybersecurity, cyber engineering and cyber operations teams. He began in an IT support specialist role at the firm 14 years prior, rising through the ranks to his current position.

DePalmo holds a Bachelor’s degree in information technology management and an Associate’s degree in computer applications from American Public University. He actively participates on several threat intelligence and information sharing platforms across the defense industrial base community and sits on external panels addressing cybersecurity best practices across the public sector.