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Jen Buckner

Senior Vice President, Technology Risk, Mastercard

Jennifer “Jen” Buckner leads Mastercard’s Second Line of Defense Technology Risk team, ensuring effective governance and oversight of security and technology risk management practices, including risk frameworks, policies, and procedures aligned with industry best practice and regulatory expectations; objective risk assessment, challenge, monitoring, and reporting; and collaborative internal and industry partnerships.

Jen is a former U.S. Army Brigadier General who held numerous intelligence and leadership positions throughout her 30-year military career.  In her last government role, Jen served as the U.S. Army’s Director of Cyber, where she led governance and oversight of cyber capabilities and championed emerging technologies to detect and disrupt significant cyber threats.

In operational roles, Jen shaped U.S. Cyber Command’s response to major cyber events attributed to nation-state adversaries, led a U.S. government interagency task force to counter ISIS in cyberspace, and established relationships with U.S and foreign partners focused on mitigating the threat of cyber-attacks.  As the first Chief of the Army’s cyber branch and training center, she developed and implemented strategies for cyber talent recruitment, retention, and leader development.

Jen currently serves on Everfox Executive Advisory Board and Cyber Risk Institute Board; as a Leadership Fellow with the Association of the U.S. Army, she engages with academic institutions, national organizations and community partners on national security, cyber operations, and leader development.

An Army Sports Hall of Fame athlete, master parachutist and former All-American collegiate swimmer, Jen holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering Management from West Point and an MBA from Central Michigan University. She was the first U.S. Army Cyber Fellow at the National Security Agency, completed Harvard’s Executive Education Program in Cybersecurity, National Association of Corporate Directors Battlefield to Boardroom program, and Carnegie Mellon’s Chief Risk Officer Certificate program.