Rola Hariri

  • Defense Industrial Base Sector Liaison
  • Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

As CISA’s Defense Industrial Base Sector Liaison, Ms. Hariri is the nexus for CISA’s Defense Industrial Base (DIB) Sector efforts. She partners with the Department of Defense (DoD), the DIB Sector Risk Management Agency, as well as private and public stakeholders in the DIB Sector. In addition to supporting DIB efforts across CISA, Ms. Hariri, as CISA’s representative on the DIB Government Coordinating Council, works with DoD and other government partners, as well as the DIB Sector Coordinating Council to address sector priorities and increase the resilience of our nation’s critical defense infrastructure.

Prior to joining CISA, Ms. Hariri supported DoD’s Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD/R&E) where she advised and coordinated on economic security matters as it relates to implementing technology promotion and protection programs for DoD’s fourteen Critical Technology Areas (CTAs). Ms. Hariri’s previous work includes implementing Department of State (DOS), Political-Military Bureau’s global defense trade outreach strategy, where she also coordinated commercial defense trade plans and risk analysis for U.S. defense trade policy for the Middle East region. Additionally, Rola served at DOS’ International Security & Nonproliferation Bureau (ISN) where she developed and maintained industry and foreign governments’ partnerships for the Office of Export Control Cooperation with several international organizations including United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and World Customs Organization (WCO). Before joining DOS, Rola started her career in the private sector and held numerous leadership positions that focused on implementing project management efficiencies and delivered successful strategies for administering a billion-dollar portfolio.

A Washington D.C. transplant, Rola graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management and a Master’s in Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University. Outside of work, Rola is an active committee member of the Boy Scouts of America-Troop 13 of Vienna, she also volunteers in her community of Oakton, VA where she lives with her husband and two kids, Abe and Diana.


  • Collaboration, Information Sharing and Enhancing PPPs

    It is well established that information sharing and collaboration is essential for developing effective risk, resilience and emergency management planning. Information and Knowledge is key to make the right decisions to better plan to protect your assets. How do we break down the barriers to information sharing? How do we continue to build trust between government, operator/owners and the communities to enhance the PPPs impact on CI protection and resilience?