Meet Our Defenders


17-0255-Defender_Thomas_Graves_02_360x320.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.”

Thomas Graves | Sales Engineer

What drives you to be a Defender?

The thrill and challenge associated with keeping up with the latest adversary attack vectors in order to help clients maximize their investment in defensive capabilities drives me to be a defender.

What is your strongest defender DNA quality?

A competitive holistic mindset for enterprise defense. Enterprise defense is about more than simply stopping attacks, understanding the details of an attack and correlating newly obtained knowledge with historical intelligence to update enterprise defensive posture is also important.

How do you prove you have defender DNA?

In every fight, mistakes are made. Mistakes open doors and give network defenders the opportunity to learn and improve from network incidents whether that means refining defensive posture, creating intelligence requirements, or initiating remediation steps. When I was a network defender, I developed creative automated methods to analyze large volumes of network threat and vulnerability data. My analysis helped drive our defensive capabilities roadmap by communicating to executives where we needed to invest additional capabilities to increase our defense posture even more.

How does your defender DNA benefit Leidos clients?

As a Sales Engineer, I work closely with customers to understand the threat landscape they face, how it intersects with their enterprise defensive posture, and then help them allocate investment resources in cyber capabilities and services. In parallel, I work closely with the Leidos Product teams to help drive product roadmaps for maximum technology effectiveness. I also work with the Leidos SOC Transformation Consultants to scope services engagements that provide clients with information on their existing defensive posture and provide a roadmap for short and long-term improvement.