Dawn Cappelli is Vice President, Global Security and Chief Information Security Officer at Rockwell Automation. She is responsible for developing and executing a holistic cybersecurity strategy to ensure that Rockwell Automation and the Connected Enterprise Ecosystem – the company’s infrastructure, products, and customers - is safe, secure, and resilient. She is also responsible for Global Security programs, including physical security, executive protection, workplace violence prevention, and crisis management. Cappelli became CISO in 2016. She came to Rockwell Automation in 2013 as Director, Insider Risk, and built the company’s Insider Risk Program to mitigate threats from individuals within the company or trusted third parties who might steal information, sabotage infrastructure or products, or violate physical security controls. The Rockwell Automation Insider Risk Program was awarded the Global Team Leadership award by the Society of Women Engineers in 2016.

Before Rockwell Automation Cappelli was Founder and Director of Carnegie Mellon’s CERT Insider Threat Center, where she was recognized as one of the world's leaders in insider threat mitigation, and has worked with government and industry leaders on national strategy issues. Before that she developed software for nuclear power plants for Westinghouse, and for Carnegie Mellon. She co-authored the book "The CERT Guide to Insider Threats: How to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Information Technology Crimes (Theft, Sabotage, Fraud)”, which was inducted into the Cybersecurity Canon - a list of must-read books for all cybersecurity practitioners.

Cappelli is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). She holds a BS in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh, is co-founder of the Open Source Insider Threat (OSIT) information sharing group, on the RSA Conference Advisory Board and Program Committee, and was named Pittsburgh CISO of the Year in 2018.