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.”

Catherine McGrath | Project Engineer, Global Programs

What drives you to be a Defender?

My mom. She’s not very comfortable with technology and doesn’t know what she should worry about or who she can trust. I want the systems she uses to be secure and able to prevent attacks, so she can focus on what she needs to do. The more infrastructures that are secure, the more end users can think about other things.

What is your strongest defender DNA quality?

I’m suspicious. When something seems off, I stop for that moment to take a second look and really consider what I’m about to do. If I’m still unsure or uncomfortable, I call on my teammates and ask for help. The “worst” that can happen is that I asked someone to evaluate something that turned out to be harmless.

How do you prove you have defender DNA?

I embrace the idea that we all have a role to play in keeping our assets safe. By doing my part to keep my eyes open and act cautiously, I help stem the endless tide of little annoyances that can eventually add up to big problems.

How does your defender DNA benefit Leidos clients?

I’m a classic example of practicing what you preach. My job requirements don’t have me investigating incidents, monitoring systems, or implementing the tools that can thwart attackers – I support the framework that enables the people that do that. Clients can trust that Leidos will protect them and keep their organization safe because Leidos knows that you need to ensure people in every role, even internal ones like mine, know how to defend themselves.