Valerie Drew is an Executive Cyber Security, infrastructure and financial application development professional. She is a thought leader with an incomparable history in catapulting teams to exceed expectations in complex environments and earning trust and respect at all organizational levels.
Most recently, Valerie is designing the proactive CyberSecurity Strategy for a Major consultancy. She is creating the security and risk linkage strategy by creating algorithms to calculate the probability of cyber risk. Identify emerging threat tactics, techniques and procedures used by cyber fraud actors and identify those actors for investigation referral. Develops and use predictive analytics to counter threats by tracking attack campaigns and pursuing strategic and tactical efforts to mitigate threats.
She assists with setting direction and execution of a cyber security roadmap that meets requirements including, but not limited to, security for hybrid cloud deployment, B2B web services, mobile computing, fine grained access control, policy driven security, Identity Governance, Access Management, and Privileged access management, user provisioning/de-provisioning, and federation focusing on multiple protocols, such as Java and BeanShell coding.
At MetLife, Valerie led many global teams including IT Risk Governance, Infrastructure, Change Management, Data Center Environments, Trading, and Risk and Analytics. Valerie is best known for her ability to design and implement global business initiatives that span data center transformations, targeting application continuity, security risk mitigation and complexity reduction.
Valerie has expertise in cybersecurity, leading organizations through all regulatory audits including SOX, SSAE16, internal and external audits, and mitigating cyber risks. She has a strong infrastructure background specializing in full life cycle development of financial systems in the areas of Fixed Income, Capital Markets, Equities and Mergers and Acquisitions.
Valerie’s strong management capabilities and have created centralized Program Management Offices for organizations and trained staff on the processes and procedures which have improved the project life cycle. She has strong financial acumen and has managed more than $20 million budgets.
Valerie’s professional skills and talents have moved beyond the corporation and borders. Her polished presentation and pleasant demeanor is used to further promote corporate sustainability by assisting business owners in developing communities.
Valerie sat on the Board for Women in Investments in 2016 where she helped create the leadership training program for women in middle management. She is the recent team winner of the 2017 United Nations BlockChain Hackathon, held at the United Nations in New York, NY for “Clearest Ideation”. She and her team met for the first time and 3.5 hours later presented their solution to assist the business women of Brazil with their design solution named “Brazilian BlockChain Co-Op”, which leverages Blockchain technology to create Smart contracts.
Valerie is an active member of OWASP, ISACA and holds certifications in ITIL and Cyber Security. She has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Sciences from New Jersey Institute of Technology, Masters of Cyber Security and a MBA from the University of Maryland.