Shawn Henry - 2023 Award Winner
Shawn Henry

Shawn Henry serves as CrowdStrike’s Chief Security Officer and is one of the company’s longest-tenured executive leaders. As CSO, he oversees all security aspects of CrowdStrike, including the company’s information security, business continuity and resiliency, and risk reduction programs, as well as the physical security of CrowdStrike’s global facilities, personnel, executive protection, and corporate events.

Having founded both CrowdStrike’s security practice and its world-renowned incident response and professional services practice, Shawn led a world-class team of cybersecurity professionals who aggressively and effectively investigated and mitigated targeted attacks on computer networks. Under his leadership, CrowdStrike has been engaged in significant proactive and incident response operations across every major commercial sector, protecting organizations’ sensitive data and networks.

Shawn retired as FBI Executive Assistant Director (EAD) in 2012, overseeing half of the FBI’s investigative operations, including all FBI criminal and cyber investigations worldwide, international operations, and the FBI’s critical incident response to major investigations and disasters. During his 24-year career, he held a wide range of operational and leadership roles in four FBI Field Offices and FBI Headquarters.

Shawn has been a keynote speaker in some of the largest cyber conferences in venues around the world, and he has been interviewed extensively on radio and quoted in numerous print and online publications, including The Associated Press, Business Week, Forbes Magazine, The New York Times, Reuters, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, among many others. Shawn has been a regular contributor on every major domestic television network and served as the Cybersecurity/National Security Analyst, Contributor, and Consultant for NBC.

Shawn earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Hofstra University and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a graduate of the Homeland Security Executive Leadership Program of the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security.