Jo Justice is a Senior Manager for Leidos, within the Corporate Information Security (CIS) organization. Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Jo began her IT career in 1998 as a Help Desk Analyst. She did not enter the cyber pipeline until 2012, when she joined Leidos (previously SAIC) as a Junior Security Systems Administrator. Today, she leads a global team of 14 comprised of Cyber Leaders, Engineers, and Operations Analysts (a.k.a. The Justice League). Jo’s team is responsible for testing, design, implementation, administration and maintenance of endpoint cyber defense solutions, initiatives, and supporting infrastructure.

Jo and her team support a number of global cyber endpoint capabilities; NextGenAV, Endpoint Detection & Response (EDR), Data Loss Prevention, Application Control, Privilege Management, etc., over a footprint of 30,000 workstations and 4000 servers supporting Windows, Linux, and Mac Operating systems. They are known for their consistent execution of organizational priorities and leading initiatives that support the Leidos enterprise cyber defense mission. Most of the team’s current focus is in implementing solutions to help Leidos achieve CMMC Level 4 certification.

An employee-champion at heart, Jo fosters a family culture across her team that, not only empower and motivate others to do their best, but also challenges them to innovate. She encourages her team to be communicative, collaborative and motivation for each other. This has built a team culture where regardless of title and role, every person is an equal contributor. Her unique approach blends leadership, management and technical cyber skills that uplift and inspire others to achieve success. Despite COVID-19 challenges, Jo was able to implement an entire remote workforce without any loss of productivity or team cohesiveness as a result of her leadership style.

In 2019, Jo was awarded the Leidos Lead – Excellence in Integrity: Rising Star Award. She holds several cyber focused, DoD 8570 compliant, certifications from SANS, CompTIA, ISC2, and EC-Council. Jo is currently a Cybersecurity and Information Assurance – B.S. Candidate. Later this year, she will work to obtain her MBA in Information Technology Management.

Jo currently resides in Houston, Texas with her family and two Schnauzers. Outside of work, Jo enjoys movies, reading, self-development, and learning from mentors as well as mentoring others.

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