Our Team

Engenuity carries the MITRE Corporation’s heritage of trust, objectivity, and groundbreaking systems engineering. We are an independent foundation, but we uphold MITRE’s mission of a safer world and commitment to the greater good.

MITRE ENGENUITY LEADERSHIP

Laurie Giandomenico
Vice President & Chief Acceleration Officer

Laurie Giandomenico is the vice president and chief acceleration officer. In this role, Laurie is responsible for establishing the mission and vision of MITRE Engenuity, and for overseeing execution of all MITRE Engenuity initiatives.

Giandomenico has deep experience in technology innovation, and business strategy and delivery. She joined The MITRE Corporation in 1991 as a member of the technical staff. Giandomenico then attended graduate school before joining McKinsey & Company in 2000. She has worked in management consulting and brand and marketing strategy consulting for several large companies and brands including Bristol-Myers Squibb, eBay, Nestle, Schlumberger, Starbucks, Unilever, among others, as well as a number of mid-level technology companies.

Since 2010, she has held executive-level positions in the enterprise software and energy firms, Pegasystems and EnerNOC (now Enel), respectively. She most recently managed her own strategy and marketing consulting firm, Rocket Strategy LLC, supporting customers on corporate strategy and brand development. Giandomenico recently rejoined The MITRE Corporation and serves as Vice President and Chief Acceleration Officer.

Giandomenico has a bachelors degree in electrical engineering from the University of Connecticut, a masters degree in anthropology and archeology from Cornell University, where she also earned a Ph.D. in nutritional health and organizational development.

Dave Penny
Director

Dave Penny is the director of MITRE Engenuity. He develops and launches new initiatives that accelerate MITRE Engenuity’s mission of solving problems for a safer world. Penny works with teams across the spectrum of new venture creation from ideation to validation, implementation, and scaling. Penny also leads MITRE Engenuity’s activities within the broader innovation ecosystem connecting MITRE Engenuity to venture capitalists, startups, incubators, and accelerators. Additionally, he provides general management responsibilities for the organization.

Penny has extensive experience in new venture creation, bringing a passion for corporate strategy, product development, and market development to all his projects. Penny has worked for seven startups, four of which he founded. His startup companies spanned areas of mobile networks, mobile apps, and cloud services. He has raised seed and venture capital and executed numerous M&A transitions. Penny’s corporate innovation work has included defining innovation programs, launching new business units within a public company, and spinning off a division of a public company to create a new public company.

Penny holds a bachelors degree in electrical engineering from the University of Massachusetts, and a masters degree in electrical engineering from Northeastern University.

CENTER FOR THREAT-INFORMED DEFENSE LEADERSHIP

Richard J. Struse
Director, Center for Threat-Informed Defense

Richard Struse is the founding Director of MITRE Engenuity’s Center for Threat-Informed Defense. Prior to co-founding the Center, he served as Chief Strategist for Cyber Threat Intelligence at MITRE leading the effort to better understand adversarial tactics and techniques.  

Richard came to MITRE from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) as their Chief Advanced Technology Officer where he was responsible for technology vision, strategy and implementation. 

He is also the creator of the STIX and TAXII automated information sharing standards which have been widely adopted across the public and private sectors. In recognition of this pioneering work, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson awarded Richard with one of the department’s highest honors, the Secretary’s Award for Excellence. Federal Computer Week recognized Richard as one of the “Federal 100” for his leadership role in the development of cyber threat intelligence technology standards. 

In 2018, Richard was elected to serve on the board of directors of OASIS, a not-for-profit international standards and open-source organization where he co-chaired the Cyber Threat Intelligence Technical Committee from 2015 to 2021.

Jonathan O. Baker
Director of Research and Development, Center for Threat-Informed Defense

Jon Baker is the founding Director of Research for MITRE Engenuity’s Center for Threat-Informed Defense. In addition to co-founding the Center, he is the Adversary Emulation and SOC Orchestration Department Head in The MITRE Corporation’s Cyber Operations and Effect Technology Center. His department leads the development of ATT&CK and works to advance adversary emulation as a capability to drive innovation in defensive cyber operations.

Jon has spent much of the past sixteen years at MITRE, working with industry and government partners to increase the affordability, efficiency, and effectiveness of cybersecurity automation and information sharing technologies. He led the MITRE team that developed STIX and TAXII, which enable automated cyber threat intelligence sharing. Jon led MITRE’s security automation team through the development of SCAP and managed the CVE team.  He was a cocreator of OVAL, a standard language for describing and checking for the presence of misconfigurations, vulnerabilities, and other endpoint artifacts.

Baker holds a bachelors degree in psychology from Tufts University and a masters degree in computer science from Boston University.

ATT&CK EVALUATIONS LEADERSHIP

Frank Duff
Director of ATT&CK Evaluations

Frank Duff is the Director for MITRE Engenuity’s ATT&CK Evaluations. In addition, he is a group lead within the Adversary Emulation and SOC Orchestration Department at The MITRE Corporation’s Cyber Operations and Effect Innovation Center. His group focuses advancing adversary emulation as a capability to drive innovation in defensive cyber operations.

Frank started as an intern at MITRE in 2003, performing research in radar signal processing. He began to transition into cyber security a few years later, which led to his support of the MITRE Fort Meade Experiment (FMX) internal research initiative. FMX sought to advance post-exploit detection, and which led to the creation of the MITRE ATT&CK knowledge base. Frank has leveraged his experiences on the effort as a cyber defender to become an advisor to industry and government alike, on post-exploit defense best practices. He co-developed MITRE’s Leveraging External Transformational Solutions research and development effort that worked with commercial cybersecurity vendors to accelerate their adoption by the government community. Through engagement in public and private partnerships, Frank has helped advance concepts in threat-based defense by improving behavioral detection capabilities and advancing evaluation methodologies.

Frank holds a bachelors degree in in Computer Engineering, and a masters degree in Information Assurance from Syracuse University.