Lynette Hornung

  • Distinguished Alumni


Lynette earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1993, Master of Arts in Political Science in 1997, and Master of Science in Information Assurance in 2004 as a CyberCorps Scholarship for Service student.

She is a senior privacy and enterprise security architecture manager with the Executive Office of the President (EOP) at TCG, Inc. She serves as a security SME and project manager and provides enterprise security architecture, privacy and security solutions and services. She received various letters of commendation for her work in support of EOP from independent auditors as well as the Office of Government Ethics. Prior to working for TCG, Inc., she worked for Northrop Grumman as a senior computer security consultant. She worked for a variety of components at the Department of Justice, including the Office of the Solicitor General and Interpol. At the Department of Justice, she was a team lead and project manager for a variety of components. She received several letters of commendation from the DOJ and TAP awards from Northrop Grumman.

Lynette is a Certified Information Privacy Professional and received enterprise security architecture certifications in SABSA Foundation, and SCPA (Practitioner) and SCPR in Architecture Design and Risk Assurance and Governance.

Lynette explains how her background in Political Science and Information Assurance has led to her career trajectory:

“My undergraduate degree in Political Science helped me develop strong analytical skills, which not only assisted me in my study of American, International Relations, Comparative and Political Theory, but also sparked an ongoing interest into the power of the courts. These strong analytical skills were a huge asset as I embarked upon a very different degree program with the Information Assurance Program with Political Science as my home department. Iowa State University’s Information Assurance Program is unique in many ways and the program’s emphasis on interdisciplinary coursework has done an excellent job of preparing me for the ever changing field of IT security. I am very grateful for the excellent faculty in the Political Science Department, who fostered such strong academic and professional growth, which has helped lay a solid foundation for me to strive for continued growth in my career. The field of IT Security really benefits from practitioners who can think outside the box. My background in Political Science has fostered creative problem solving and solutions and enabled me to use this approach in the work that I do.”