CISO, Cyxtera, and former FBI SAC of cyber and special operations for the NY region
About Leo Taddeo
Leo Taddeo is responsible for oversight of Cyxtera's global security operations, investigations and intelligence programs, crisis management, and business continuity processes. He provides deep domain insight into the techniques, tactics and procedures used by cybercriminals to help Cyxtera continue to develop disruptive solutions that enable customers to defend against advanced threats and breaches.
Taddeo is the former special agent in charge of the special operations/cyber division of the FBI's New York Office. In this role, he directed over 400 special agents and professional support personnel conducting cyber investigations, surveillance operations, information technology support, and crisis management. Previous responsibilities focused on FBI international operations, including service as a section chief in the International operations division, where he managed operations in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.
Taddeo received a B.S. in applied physics in 1987 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. After completing his studies, Taddeo served as a tank officer in the US Marine Corps. In 1991, he was awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star Medal for valor for his service in the Gulf War. Following his service, Taddeo earned a J.D. from St. John's University. Upon graduation, he joined the law firm of Mound, Cotton & Wollan in New York, where he practiced in the field of civil litigation until entering duty with the FBI.
Taddeo is a graduate of the CISO Executive Program at Carnegie Mellon University. He maintains the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and GIAC Certified Incident Handler certifications.