Meet Our Defenders


Kavanagh_defender-dna_hero.pngDefending against sophisticated cyber threats takes more than technology. It takes people. People with skills and innate qualities to outpace today’s evolving threat landscape. Qualities we call “defender DNA.”

Alex Kavanagh | Senior Cyber Intelligence Analyst

What drives you to be a Defender?

Explaining the unknown. Adversaries are changing their tactics on a daily basis, being able to identify trends in data and mitigate their attacks before they can ever be successful, allows for the unknowns to come to light.

What is your strongest defender DNA quality?

Digging into the belly of malware. Malware comes in all shapes and sizes, being able to pull the malware apart in a collection of different environments to explain the inner workings, allows us to better defend the organization.

How do you prove you have defender DNA?

Through years of practice defending the organization from Advanced Persistent Threats, I have developed a keen eye for malicious attacks, which I have applied internally to find hidden powerful malware, to campaigns of attacks on customer sites. I also spend a lot of time with our clients, which helps me get to know the ins and outs of their organization and better defend their business.

How does your defender DNA benefit Leidos clients?

My defender DNA, keeps me going through the hardest of attacks. I’m not satisfied until the job is done, and we are defended. No matter the time of day – I’m ready to defend!