Melanie Anderson is the Director of Cryptographic Security and Systems Development, part of the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security at the Communications Security Establishment. Melanie and her team are responsible for evaluating the security of cryptographic products, providing cryptographic advice and guidance, and modernizing the Government of Canada’s classified infrastructure. Melanie is Co-Chair of the Women in Cyber and Intelligence (WICI) group at CSE and is passionate about promoting the well-being and interests of women, mentoring and encouraging girls and young women to pursue careers in STEM.
Since joining CSE in 2003, Melanie has served in several positions across the organization. She has held roles as a software developer, a technical trainer, and a Project Manager for IT systems used by Government of Canada clients. She spent four years based in the United States as a technical Liaison for CSE at the National Security Agency and has held leadership roles in Cyber Defence. Prior to assuming her current role, Melanie was the Manager of Cryptographic Systems Development.
Melanie holds a Bachelor of Computer Science from the University of New Brunswick and completed the Senior Executive Fellows Program through the Harvard Kennedy School in 2020.