"The most difficult thing is the decision to act. The rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life and the procedure. The process is its own reward.”
Asked to share an inspirational quote of personal significance in a ballroom full of her peers, Meghan Good chose the above words from Amelia Earhart. Good read the quote while accepting the 2017 Technical Leadership Award at the 18th Annual Women in Technology (WIT) Leadership Awards on May 11 in Reston, Va.
The award recognized Good for her work with Leidos, where she’s the cyber solutions lead for the Cyber and Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Solutions Team within the Defense & Intelligence Group. Good leads teams of computer scientists, cyber analysts, software and systems engineers, and mathematicians to develop methods and tools to provide timely, actionable cyber intelligence to decision makers.
Several of these tools are currently in use by the Intelligence Community and the Department of Defense. Good also leads internal research and development efforts to pioneer new methods and algorithms to improve the timeliness, accuracy, and context of current cyber threat intelligence technologies.
“One of the biggest challenges in cybersecurity is communication. We communicate very technical indicators to non-experts and expect them to make significant decisions without much context,” said Good. “I think we can communicate better using graphics, but we need them in real-time. I’m working on a series of analytics that build data-rich visualizations to provide necessary context, but not too much information to overwhelm decision-makers.
“I’m excited about the potential to use the results to improve our ability to understand and proactively confront cyber events, especially for national security clients.”
Good joined Leidos in 2003 (then known as SAIC) while completing bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science at Boston University. She began as a software engineering intern before becoming technical lead and the deputy program manager for a cyber threat intelligence program. She then pivoted to project manager roles for international cybersecurity, cyber strategic development, and commercial cybersecurity. These roles challenged Good to understand the technical challenges of customers across industries and integrate a mix of capabilities to deliver effective and cost-efficient solutions that address their challenges.
The culmination of experiences from these roles helped her progress into her current role as cyber solutions lead and one of four members of the Cyber and SIGINT Solutions Team’s Technology Office. She manages solution development, critical thinking, and innovation to better position Leidos as a leader and visionary in the cybersecurity space.
Doreen Harwood, a Leidos senior vice president and former WIT award nominee, recognizes and appreciates the contributions Good makes.
“Meghan is a true role model at Leidos — she is an active mentor, experienced professional and supportive manager,” said Harwood. “The WIT award underscores her dedication to mentoring and passion for the technology industry.”
For all her success, Good pays it forward by mentoring early-career technologists and supporting STEM education initiatives. She’s actively involved with each cohort of Leidos summer interns and frequently participates in career events at the University of Maryland, where she received her MBA. From networking events to panel discussions to hosting all-women hackathons, Good is key to driving engagement and helping expose women to career opportunities within cybersecurity.
“Meghan doesn’t just excel in a technology environment. She’s also an extremely effective manager and role model for women of all backgrounds,” said Harwood.
In addition to her work at Leidos, Good enjoys exploring the outdoors with her two young children, cooking with her husband, and swimming competitively.
For WIT — an organization that promotes the professional development of women in the technology industry — and Leidos, there’s no greater ambassador than Good.
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Emily is a Senior Internal Communications Specialist at Leidos. Regardless of the topic, she seeks to inform her audience—be they colleagues or customers—through storytelling vs. status updates. Though she hails from Ohio, she’s lived in the D.C. area long enough to call herself a local and enjoys availing herself of all that the nation’s capital has to offer.More Content by Emily Howard