Rita currently serves as a Vice President in AT&T’s Chief Security Office. Rita has over 15 years of experience and has held various positions in AT&T.
In her current role, Rita is responsible for developing the security architecture and leads teams in defining the next generation security architecture to support key and emerging business initiatives including Domain 2.0, 5G, Indigo, Microservices, etc. This position supports AT&T’s transformation to a cloud-based and data-powered entertainment and communication company and protects AT&T against evolving cyber threats.
Rita served as a member of the CTO Technology Council chartered to provide technology thought leadership for AT&T and the partner community that makes up AT&T Technology Ecosystem. She led strategic initiatives to accelerate innovation through internal rapid development efforts.
In her previous role, Rita was responsible for defining the target architecture for AT&T’s Mobility Network and driving innovation and optimization in key Mobility growth areas including IOT.
She also led various service development teams focused on design, development, and deployment AT&T’s Global Network in Europe and Asia Pacific serving our multi-national enterprise customers. She also led the planning, development, and operations for the 2000 Sydney Olympics broadcast on NBC.
Rita earned BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University. She also earned an MBA in Finance from Rutgers University. She is a graduate of the AT&T Accelerated Development Program and the AT&T Leading with Distinction Leadership Program.
In addition to her technical contribution, Rita is an advocate in fostering the development of women in science and engineering. She served as a Public Relationship officier on the board of Women of AT&T. She continues to mentor women in engineering and science and to sponsor various events to recruit children to science, technology, and engineering, and math (STEM) fields.
Rita was a guest speaker in various events including AT&T’s Cyber Security Conference, Globecom, CTIA, CES, WEEF & GEDC, etc. She was also featured in various publications including Forbes magazine, Light Reading, and Tune in Tuesday Internet Radio, etc. to highlight key transformational initiatives in AT&T.