Peraton CFO and CISO Recognized as Executives to Watch in 2021

Peraton Chief Financial Officer Alan Stewart and Chief Information Security Officer Jim Schifalaqua were both recently recognized by WashingtonExec as top leaders in their respective fields.

Stewart made the 2021 Top 10 CFOs to Watch List. He played a key role in Peraton’s growth in 2020, helping the company achieve bottom-line growth and record profits despite the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stewart created processes to reduce days sales outstanding (DSO) and improve cashflow; developed a project workspace analytics dashboard application; reengineered the process of producing quarterly forecasts; developed an enterprise-level financial consolidation model; implemented FocusPoint; and hired senior staff to complete the build out of the Accounting and Finance departments.

Stewart also worked to change Peraton’s cost and rate structure to increase our competitiveness. The finance team automated several accounting functions, such as AP and billing workflow, enhanced productivity metrics, and implemented a new indirect rate structure. By instating more efficient and timely processing, Stewart helped Peraton advance federal missions.

Schifalacqua, previously recognized by WashingtonExec as one of the 2020 Top 25 Cyber Execs to Watch, made the 2021 Top 10 CISOs to Watch List. He leveraged Peraton’s existing zero-trust, cloud-first infrastructure to immediately enable Peraton employees to work from home at the start of the pandemic. His team made rapid adjustments to Peraton’s endpoint threat and vulnerability management of these now always off-network devices.

Even before the SolarWinds incident in December 2020, Schifalacqua focused on supply-chain risk management by tightening up Peraton’s development environments and deploying DevSecOps controls and processes as a total risk management strategy of Peraton’s corporate, research, development, and operations for the company and its clients.

Peraton’s cloud-first approach to utilizing FedRAMP and high-assurance SaaS for processing, secure storage, SD-WAN, IdAM, SIEM, and advanced endpoint threat detection helped advance enterprise and federal missions with an agile and scalable platform. Peraton complied with NIST 800-171 and CMMC and successfully employed the MITRE ATT&CK framework for threat detection and response.

“I am proud, but not surprised, to see Alan and Jim included on these notable industry lists,” said CEO Stu Shea. “Despite the challenges that 2020 brought, Alan and Jim both rose to the occasion and are exemplary leaders in finance and cybersecurity.”