About Ardua

Ardua Strategies, Inc. is a woman-owned Texas Corporation with offices in Houston and Paris, TX. Our mission is to provide comprehensive solutions to issues of the critical infrastructure community. Securing elements of the national infrastructure ensures that critical products and services are delivered to consumers. The result is a protected nation with successful businesses and a strong economy.

Our clients range from large to small energy and infrastructure companies including oil & gas, pipelines, water and wastewater, and vendor technologies. We focus on helping companies become more secure through operational continuity. This is accomplished by establishing comprehensive security programs, conducting technology and operational assessments, and achieving standards compliance.

Ardua Strategies builds one-on-one relationships with clients to provide a seamless approach to preparedness, response, and resilience to threats.

Annie McIntyre - President
Annie L. McIntyre


Annie McIntyre,
President & CEO

Annie McIntyre is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Ardua Strategies, Inc., a Texas Corporation, providing solutions for the cyber and operational security issues of energy and infrastructure. She is also a Senior Fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Technology Leadership Institute. Prior to founding Ardua Strategies, Ms. McIntyre was a Principal Member of Technical Staff and Program Manager at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her research areas at Sandia included threats, vulnerabilities, and protection of critical infrastructure systems, and cyber security for fossil and renewable energy systems. She managed the Sandia-Forest City Strategic Partnership program for sustainability, and participated in programs such as the Institute for Infrastructure Information Protection (I3P), and National SCADA Test Bed. Ms. McIntyre conducted the first cyber analysis of a renewable system in 2007 for the Department of Energy.

Prior to work in critical infrastructure, Ms. McIntyre worked extensively in the defense sector on information warfare and survivability, serving as IO Laboratory Chief and Information Warfare Lead for Future Combat Systems Assessments at the Army Research Laboratory. She previously served as New Mexico Regional Manager for Concurrent Technologies Corporation, a defense and energy contractor, and performed systems analysis and engineering in the bioinformatics field for Molecular Informatics, Inc.

Ms. McIntyre conducts extensive work on cyber policies as they relate to energy and infrastructure, and enjoys a close relationship with the American Petroleum Institute and the North American Energy Standards Board. She holds a Bachelor of Science from New Mexico Tech, a Master of Science from Troy State University, and has been a lifelong member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

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