Meet Our Defenders


Defending 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.”

Aruna Sreeram | Product Management and Operations Lead 

What drives you to be a Defender?

I want to understand what drives Defenders, how they think, act, and interact with each other.

What is your strongest defender DNA quality?

In my capacity as the Product Management lead, I imagine myself in the shoes of a Defender while shaping the direction of our Products. We are constantly evaluating new and existing product capabilities from the viewpoint of a Defender. To fulfill this mission, the Product Management team is constantly interacting with Defenders at our customer organizations and internally within Leidos.

How do you prove you have defender DNA?

Thinking like a Defender is what I am training myself and the Product Management team to be. We all have diverse backgrounds that help in building better products. Not everyone has or needs to have been a Defender but for us to create smart Defender-approved products we have to play Defenders on TV. Reading Defender blogs, attending Defender sessions and interacting with this community are things we do to sharpen our Defender knives.

How does your defender DNA benefit Leidos clients?

Our security products are created and enhanced to serve customer needs. Our products serve the needs of many types of Defenders – whether they are Defending external threats, insider threats, or executing security playbooks to stay compliant. We gain insight and input by talking to customers, reviewing competing products, and conferring with our internal Defenders.