Aaron Hughes is the General Vice President and CISO at Albertsons Companies. Previously, Mr. Hughes served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy. In this position, he was responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of cyber policies, strategies, operations, and plans for the Department of Defense. As the senior civilian responsible for DoD activities in the cyber domain he engaged regularly with the White House and organizations across the US Government to assist in the formulation and review of whole-of-nation cyber related policies.
Prior to his appointment with the Department of Defense, Mr. Hughes was the Vice President of Intelligence Community Support at the strategic investment firm In-Q-Tel. In this role, he led the company’s engagement with the Intelligence Community and assisted in the prioritization of investment decisions and technology identification for In-Q-Tel’s partners.
Mr. Hughes is a Colonel in the United States Air Force Reserve currently serving as a Senior Advisor to the Commander USCYBERCOM.
He has over 23 years of experience in a variety of technical, managerial, and executive roles and received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia, MS in Telecommunications and Computers from George Washington University, and MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
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