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Aaron Hughes

Capital One
Vice President and Deputy CISO, Divisional Information Security Office
Aaron Hughes is Vice President and Deputy CISO for Divisional Information Security Office at Capital One. In this position, he leads the Information Security Office (ISO) team in providing security services for the Capital One lines of business and Enterprise enabling Shared Technology organization.  In addition to overall leadership of the ISO organization he is the Divisional CISO for Shared Technology where he is focused on securing Capital One Digital Products and Data Transformation initiatives.
Mr. Hughes is the former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy.  In this position, he was responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of cyber policies, strategies, operations, and plans for the Department of Defense.  As the senior civilian responsible for DoD activities in the cyber domain he engaged regularly with the White House and organizations across the US Government to assist in the formulation and review of whole-of-nation cyber related policies.
Prior to his appointment with the Department of Defense, Mr. Hughes was the Vice President of Intelligence Community Support at the strategic investment firm In-Q-Tel.  In this role, he led the company’s engagement with the Intelligence Community and assisted in the prioritization of investment decisions and technology identification for In-Q-Tel’s partners.
Mr. Hughes is a Colonel (select) in the Maryland Air National Guard and currently serves as the Director of Cyberspace Operations for the State of Maryland.  In this position, he is the senior uniformed advisor on Cyberspace issues for The Adjutant General for Maryland.
 He has over 20 years of experience in a variety of technical, managerial, and executive roles and received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia, a MS in Telecommunications and Computers from George Washington University, and a MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.