Efforts to increasingly digitize networks that run the nation’s critical infrastructure enterprises also are boosting attack surfaces and vulnerabilities in an enduring cybersecurity contest in which hackers target those weaknesses with an elevated furor, experts admonished during a panel discussion on the issue.
The After Active Duty blog series examines the challenges, rewards and lessons learned for those who have transitioned from active duty to the private sector and the role AFCEA played in this progression.
Col. Dean Fox, USAF (Ret.), executive vice president for cybersecurity, AECOM, has done a lot of building of one sort or another throughout his active-duty career and afterward.
When government agencies conduct business, they like to keep their cards close to the vest. Some describe agency dealings as vague, secretive or tight-lipped. This stealthy nature reflects the heavy load of sensitive information the government handles. However, agencies that are too inwardly focused can fall behind when it comes to innovation, efficiency, productivity, customer service and long-term planning. They can become stagnant—or worse, a liability.
The cyber attack into a key unclassified email server of the U.S. Joint Chiefs in August helped indoctrinate and shape missions at the new centralized office erected to defend the Defense Department’s cyber networks, said Lt. Gen. Alan Lynn, USA, commander of Joint Force Headquarters–Department of Defense Information Networks (DODIN).
The nation-state-sponsored attack was a bit of a shock in its aggressiveness, said Gen. Lynn, who also serves as the director of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). “For three weeks, we went after this cyber event and worked it to figure out how we now work as this new command.”
L-com Global Connectivity, North Andover, Massachusetts, has hired Michael Braun as director of supply chain.
The Secure Identity Alliance, Paris, announced that the German Federal Ministry of the Interior has joined its ranks as an observer member.
Mercury Systems, Chelmsford, Massachusetts, has hired Michael Ruppert as senior vice president, strategy and corporate development.
Haystax Technology, McLean, Virginia, has named Gen. Peter Pace, USMC (Ret.), chairman of its board of directors.
Granite State Manufacturing, Manchester, New Hampshire, has hired Douglas Thomson as vice president.
3D Systems Corporation, Rock Hill, South Carolina, has named Ted Hull chief financial officer.
Parney Albright has been named president and CEO of HRL Laboratories LLC, Malibu, California.
Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, Florida, has named Michael Fleming as its chief government, military and community relations officer. Also, Matt Tuohy has been named director of its Davis Aviation Center.
John Masserini, chief information security officer of Miami International Holdings, Princeton, New Jersey, has joined the team of leading industry experts at securitycurrent.com, Tenafly, New Jersey.
L-com Global Connectivity, North Andover, Massachusetts, has hired Bill Miller as executive vice president of sales and product development.
Capt. Kevin Brenton, USN (Ret.), has joined Huntington Ingalls Industries, Newport News, Virginia, as corporate director of customer affairs for submarine programs.
The Chertoff Group, Washington, D.C., has added six senior advisers: Dr. Chris Bronk, Dr. Rupert Herbert-Burns, Rear Adm. Robert Day, USCG, John Sano, Dr. Gerry Sleefe and Teri Takai.
Former AFCEA president and CEO Kent R. Schneider has been named executive vice president and chief operating officer of SolPass LLC, Denver.
LGS Innovations, Herndon, Virginia, has appointed John Fitzgerald as executive vice president and chief financial officer.
David McClure has joined Veris Group, Vienna, Virginia, as chief strategist.
American Systems, Chantilly, Virginia, has appointed Dr. Joseph DiZinno as vice president of identity intelligence.