Ms. Susan Schneider serves as Chief of the Active Assailant Security Branch for the Office of Security Programs at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). The Office of Security Programs delivers expertise and essential guidance to public and private sector stakeholders to build security capacity that addresses the dynamic threat environment. Ms. Schneider leads the development of resources that focus on active shooter preparedness, mitigation of vehicle ramming and edged weapons attacks, houses of worship security, and non-confrontational techniques consisting of CISA’s Employee Vigilance Through the Power of Hello and the De-Escalation Series. The Branch’s Active Shooter Preparedness program and Vehicle Ramming Self-Assessment Tool were awarded the American Security Today’s “ASTORS” Homeland Security Award for Excellence in 2022. Prior to this role, Ms. Schneider served as the Section Chief for Operational Analysis in the National Risk Management Center within CISA, leading a strategic, cross-sector risk management approach to cyber and physical threats to critical infrastructure in coordination with government and the private sector. Ms. Schneider has over twenty years’ experience in the United States government, is a retired Special Agent in the Air Force Office of Special Investigations and continues to serve veterans and her community through the Honor Flight Program, Missing in America Program, The Mission Continues, and other veterans’ organizations.
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