Pikesville resident Anne Neuberger has been tapped to head the National Security Agency’s new Cybersecurity Directorate at Fort George G. Meade.
The granddaughter of Auschwitz survivors, Neuberger, 43, who belongs to Pikesville’s Suburban Orthodox Congregation Toras Chaim, has worked at the NSA for the past decade.
She helped establish the U.S. Cyber Command and worked as chief risk officer, where she led the agency’s election security efforts for the 2018 midterms.
She currently is an assistant deputy director of the agency. Neuberger previously was the deputy chief management officer at the U.S. Navy and worked for the secretary of defense.
Neuberger, who is also known as Chani, is originally from the Brooklyn, N.Y., neighborhood of Borough Park, where she attended a Bais Yaakov day school for girls, according to the Yeshiva World News. She is a graduate of Touro College in New York and Columbia Business School, and worked in the White House Fellows program.
Neuberger is the founder of Sister to Sister, a nonprofit that operates in Orthodox communities around the country to serve single mothers who are not prepared to support a family.
She and her husband, Yehuda, a local attorney, have two children. They moved to the Baltimore area in 2005, and Yehuda Neuberger currently serves as president of Suburban Orthodox.. He is also president of the Baltimore Jewish Council and a director-at-large on the board of The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore.
Yehuda Neuberger is the grandson of Rabbi Herman Naftali Neuberger, the late president of Pikesville’s Ner Israel Rabbinical College and a highly influential figure in the international Orthodox community. In addition, Yehuda Neuberger’s uncle is Rabbi Moshe Hauer, spiritual leader of Congregation Bnai Jacob Shaarei Zion in Park Heights.
According to the Times of Israel, Anne Neuberger’s parents, Rivki and Mendel Yitzhak, were among the Air France flight passengers rescued by Israeli commandos from Uganda’s Entebbe Airport in 1976. The flight was hijacked by members of the Palestine Liberation Organization.
“My parents had American passports, but because my father wore a kippah they knew he was Jewish and decided to keep him, too,” she told the Forward in a 2018 interview. “A military operation brought my parents home. Sometimes, that’s the only option.”
In the same interview, Neuberger said, “Threats from those that want to cause us harm are real and not going away. We have a commitment to defending our nation in lawful ways. Our nation needs to remain vigilant when it comes to cybersecurity. The NSA makes critical contributions to protect the nation.”
Neuberger told the Wall Street Journal that the directorate will more actively use signals intelligence gleaned from expanded operations against adversaries.
As part of its mission, the directorate will work to protect the U.S. from foreign threats by sharing insight into specific cyber threats with other federal agencies as well as the private sector.
Neuberger will be one of the highest-ranking women at the NSA since Ann Caracristi was named deputy director in 1980, according to the newspaper. Neuberger will report to the agency’s head, Gen. Paul Nakasone.
Marcy Oster writes for the JTA international news agency and wire service. The Jmore editorial staff contributed to this report.