Brigadier General (Retired) Jennifer Buckner

Brigadier General (Retired) Jennifer Buckner

Jen Buckner

Jennifer “Jen” Buckner leads Mastercard’s Technology Risk Management Global Governance and Operations team, providing enhanced visibility and proactive management of cybersecurity, operational, and technology risks, with a focus on risk framework and methodology, analysis and reporting, policy governance, information classification, and operational resilience. 

Jen is a former U.S. Army Brigadier General who held numerous intelligence and leadership positions throughout her 30-year military career. In her last government role, Jen served as the U.S. Army’s Director of Cyber, where she led governance and oversight of cyber capabilities and championed emerging technologies to enable detection and disruption of significant cyber threats. 

In operational roles, Jen shaped U.S. Cyber Command’s response to major cyber events attributed to nationstate adversaries, led a U.S. government interagency task force to counter ISIS in cyberspace, and established relationships with U.S and foreign partners focused on mitigating the threat of cyber-attacks. As Chief of the Army’s cyber branch and training center, she developed and implemented strategies for cyber talent recruitment, retention, and leader development. 

Jen currently serves as a Board Member with US Xpress and the Cyber Risk Institute, is appointed to the Cybersecurity Infrastructure Agency’s Subcommittee for National Cyber Alert System, and supports the Association of the US Army as a Leadership Fellow. 

An Army Sports Hall of Fame athlete, master parachutist and former All-American collegiate swimmer, Jen holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering Management from West Point and an MBA from Central Michigan University. She was the first U.S. Army Cyber Fellow at the National Security Agency, completed Harvard’s Executive Education Program in Cybersecurity, National Association of Corporate Directors Battlefield to Boardroom program, and Carnegie Mellon’s Chief Risk Officer Certificate program. 

Jen is a frequent speaker on leadership, cybersecurity, risk, innovation culture and women in technology.