Cyxtera Federal Group

Leadership

Cyxtera Federal Group brings together executives, thought leaders, and technology innovators from the private and public sector.

Gregory J. Touhill - President, Cyxtera Federal Group

Gregory J. Touhill

President, Cyxtera Federal Group

Cheryl D. Peace - COO, Cyxtera Federal Group

Cheryl D. Peace

COO, Cyxtera Federal Group

Michael Friedrich - Vice President of Cyxtera Federal Group

Michael Friedrich

Vice President of Cyxtera Federal Group

Leo Taddeo - Chief Information Security Officer

Leo Taddeo

Chief Information Security Officer

Gregory J. Touhill
President, Cyxtera Federal Group

Brigadier General (Ret) Gregory J. Touhill, CISSP, CISM, serves as President of Cyxtera Federal Group, which offers Cyxtera’s market-leading data center services and cybersecurity capabilities to federal agencies and departments.

Under Touhill’s leadership, Cyxtera Federal Group supports agencies across the federal government with a portfolio of secure infrastructure solutions delivered from a global footprint of world-class data centers, including six in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area where the division is based.

Prior to joining Cyxtera, Touhill was appointed by President Barack Obama as the nation’s first ever Federal Chief Information Security Officer in 2016, where he was responsible for ensuring that the proper set of digital security policies, strategies and practices were adopted across all government agencies.

Brigadier General Gregory J. Touhill is a retired U.S. Air Force officer and combat veteran who served in several commands around the world including U.S. Transportation, Central, and Strategic Commands, and led the creation of the Air Force’s cyberspace operations training programs. He is a sought-after speaker and author within the information technology industry, where he is best-known for his “Cybersecurity for Executives: A Practical Guide,” which is used widely at colleges and universities across the country. He is also a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College, where he teaches Cyber Risk Management. Touhill is a recipient of numerous professional and education degrees from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, the Air War College, the University of Southern California and Penn State University.

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Gregory J. Touhill - President, Cyxtera Federal Group
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Gregory J. Touhill
President, Cyxtera Federal Group

Brigadier General (Ret) Gregory J. Touhill, CISSP, CISM, serves as President of Cyxtera Federal Group, which offers Cyxtera’s market-leading data center services and cybersecurity capabilities to federal agencies and departments.

Under Touhill’s leadership, Cyxtera Federal Group supports agencies across the federal government with a portfolio of secure infrastructure solutions delivered from a global footprint of world-class data centers, including six in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area where the division is based.

Prior to joining Cyxtera, Touhill was appointed by President Barack Obama as the nation’s first ever Federal Chief Information Security Officer in 2016, where he was responsible for ensuring that the proper set of digital security policies, strategies and practices were adopted across all government agencies.

Brigadier General Gregory J. Touhill is a retired U.S. Air Force officer and combat veteran who served in several commands around the world including U.S. Transportation, Central, and Strategic Commands, and led the creation of the Air Force’s cyberspace operations training programs. He is a sought-after speaker and author within the information technology industry, where he is best-known for his “Cybersecurity for Executives: A Practical Guide,” which is used widely at colleges and universities across the country. He is also a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College, where he teaches Cyber Risk Management. Touhill is a recipient of numerous professional and education degrees from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, the Air War College, the University of Southern California and Penn State University.

Gregory J. Touhill - President, Cyxtera Federal Group
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Cheryl D. Peace
COO, Cyxtera Federal Group

Cheryl Peace, serves as COO of Cyxtera Federal Group. This group offers Cyxtera’s advanced cybersecurity solutions and global data center platform to the federal government market.

Prior to joining Cyxtera, Ms. Peace served as a Senior Executive with the National Security Agency. She joined Cyxtera with 30 years of managerial and technical experience across the intelligence community and the Department of Defense (DOD).

As the White House Director for Cyberspace Security, Ms. Peace coordinated cyber issues across federal, state and local governments.  She was pivotal in creating the first Department of Homeland Security (DHS) National Cyber Security Division, where she coordinated with industry to align national incident responses to cyber threats.  She oversaw the President’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) and the National Security Telecommunication Advisory Council (NSTAC) made up of key industry CEOs who advised the President of the United States.

In her role as the Principal Deputy Director for the FBI’s National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force (NCIJTF), she facilitated inter-agency efforts across 20 Department of Defense intelligence community and law enforcement agencies to coordinate, integrate and share pertinent information related to cyber threat investigation across the country.  She has also worked at the Defense Information Systems Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency and served ten years as a Major in the United States Air Force.  

Ms. Peace is an award-winning government information security professional and was named the, “Women of Influence” by the Executive Women’s Forum and CSO magazine.  She holds an Undergraduate Degree in Mathematics with a Minor in Computer Science and a Masters in Management Science.  She is also a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute and The Wharton School for Business Executives for Strategic Alliances.

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Cheryl D. Peace - COO, Cyxtera Federal Group
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Cheryl D. Peace
COO, Cyxtera Federal Group

Cheryl Peace, serves as COO of Cyxtera Federal Group. This group offers Cyxtera’s advanced cybersecurity solutions and global data center platform to the federal government market.

Prior to joining Cyxtera, Ms. Peace served as a Senior Executive with the National Security Agency. She joined Cyxtera with 30 years of managerial and technical experience across the intelligence community and the Department of Defense (DOD).

As the White House Director for Cyberspace Security, Ms. Peace coordinated cyber issues across federal, state and local governments.  She was pivotal in creating the first Department of Homeland Security (DHS) National Cyber Security Division, where she coordinated with industry to align national incident responses to cyber threats.  She oversaw the President’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) and the National Security Telecommunication Advisory Council (NSTAC) made up of key industry CEOs who advised the President of the United States.

In her role as the Principal Deputy Director for the FBI’s National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force (NCIJTF), she facilitated inter-agency efforts across 20 Department of Defense intelligence community and law enforcement agencies to coordinate, integrate and share pertinent information related to cyber threat investigation across the country.  She has also worked at the Defense Information Systems Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency and served ten years as a Major in the United States Air Force.  

Ms. Peace is an award-winning government information security professional and was named the, “Women of Influence” by the Executive Women’s Forum and CSO magazine.  She holds an Undergraduate Degree in Mathematics with a Minor in Computer Science and a Masters in Management Science.  She is also a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute and The Wharton School for Business Executives for Strategic Alliances.

Cheryl D. Peace - COO, Cyxtera Federal Group
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Michael Friedrich
Vice President of Cyxtera Federal Group

Michael Friedrich, serves as a Vice President of Cyxtera Federal Group. This groups offers Cyxtera’s advanced cybersecurity solutions and global datacenter platform to the federal government market.

Prior to joining Cyxtera, Mr. Friedrich served in several senior engineering and leadership roles in SAVVIS, Terremark, Verizon and IBM. He joined Cyxtera with over 15 years of managerial, operational, product and technical leadership across commercial and government client verticals.

At Terremark, He led the engineering and product efforts that helped bring the cloud into the United States Federal Government use. He led the efforts to help modernize and move U.S.A. .GOV, F.B.I.GOV, Whitehouse.GOV and many others to the cloud.

In his role at Terremark during and after its eventual sale to Verizon, Mr. Friedrich developed some of the largest and most complex cloud hosted solutions for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs(VA). These solutions dealt with the complex needs of securing the information of every veteran of the United States, but also those veterans’ ability to interact with the VA to realize benefits earned through their service.His efforts lead to the VA’s ability to leverage cloud based agile solutions that allowed them process both educational and health benefits in hours and days instead of weeks and months.

Mr. Friedrich’s engineering knowledge covers cloud architecture, solutions integration, networking, zero trust/software defined perimeters, cyber security and product management/engineering.

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Michael Friedrich - Vice President of Cyxtera Federal Group
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Michael Friedrich
Vice President of Cyxtera Federal Group

Michael Friedrich, serves as a Vice President of Cyxtera Federal Group. This groups offers Cyxtera’s advanced cybersecurity solutions and global datacenter platform to the federal government market.

Prior to joining Cyxtera, Mr. Friedrich served in several senior engineering and leadership roles in SAVVIS, Terremark, Verizon and IBM. He joined Cyxtera with over 15 years of managerial, operational, product and technical leadership across commercial and government client verticals.

At Terremark, He led the engineering and product efforts that helped bring the cloud into the United States Federal Government use. He led the efforts to help modernize and move U.S.A. .GOV, F.B.I.GOV, Whitehouse.GOV and many others to the cloud.

In his role at Terremark during and after its eventual sale to Verizon, Mr. Friedrich developed some of the largest and most complex cloud hosted solutions for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs(VA). These solutions dealt with the complex needs of securing the information of every veteran of the United States, but also those veterans’ ability to interact with the VA to realize benefits earned through their service.His efforts lead to the VA’s ability to leverage cloud based agile solutions that allowed them process both educational and health benefits in hours and days instead of weeks and months.

Mr. Friedrich’s engineering knowledge covers cloud architecture, solutions integration, networking, zero trust/software defined perimeters, cyber security and product management/engineering.

Michael Friedrich - Vice President of Cyxtera Federal Group
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Leo Taddeo
Chief Information Security Officer

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.

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Leo Taddeo - Chief Information Security Officer
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Leo Taddeo
Chief Information Security Officer

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.

Leo Taddeo - Chief Information Security Officer
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