Lynn Receives Award for Cybersecurity Efforts

WASHINGTON, March 29, 2011 — Deputy Defense Sec­re­tary William J. Lynn III topped the list of 100 gov­ern­ment and indus­try lead­ers rec­og­nized at an infor­ma­tion tech­nol­o­gy awards event held here yes­ter­day.
Accept­ing the “Eagle Award” dur­ing a ban­quet attend­ed by rough­ly 1,000 par­tic­i­pants, Lynn reit­er­at­ed a theme he has empha­sized dur­ing his tenure at the Pen­ta­gon: indus­try and gov­ern­ment must act quick­ly against cyber threats that still are matur­ing.

The cyber threat is “mov­ing up the lad­der from exploita­tion to dis­rup­tion. … We have not seen much destruc­tion in terms of cyber threats, but we will,” he said.

Cyber war­fare capa­bil­i­ties now are large­ly in the hands of sophis­ti­cat­ed nation-states, but could shift to rogue states and ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tions, Lynn said.

“We have a win­dow at this point where the most mali­cious threats haven’t been joined with the most mali­cious actors, but that will hap­pen,” the deputy sec­re­tary said.

The government’s goal, he said, is to estab­lish defens­es “that will pre­vent that union from hav­ing an effect on the secu­ri­ty and the econ­o­my of this coun­try.”

Defend­ing the nation’s mil­i­tary and com­mer­cial net­works and cyber infra­struc­ture requires coop­er­a­tion among gov­ern­ment agen­cies and between those agen­cies and indus­try, Lynn said.

The Defense and Home­land Secu­ri­ty depart­ments work close­ly togeth­er, he not­ed, but he added that part­ner­ships with indus­try experts are vital.

“That cross-fer­til­iza­tion is crit­i­cal,” the deputy sec­re­tary said. “We are not going to solve this prob­lem as a gov­ern­ment-only prob­lem, [and] pri­vate indus­try is not going to be able to solve it alone.”

It’s a pri­or­i­ty that must be addressed quick­ly, Lynn said, adding, “We don’t know when that win­dow is going to close.”

The Fed­er­al 100 Awards rec­og­nize gov­ern­ment and indus­try lead­ers who “have made a dif­fer­ence in the way tech­nol­o­gy has trans­formed their agency or accel­er­at­ed their agency’s mis­sion, offi­cials said.

The annu­al win­ners are nom­i­nat­ed by Fed­er­al Com­put­er Week mag­a­zine read­ers. Addi­tion­al Eagle Awards are pre­sent­ed to one gov­ern­ment offi­cial and one indus­try exec­u­tive for out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions to the fed­er­al IT com­mu­ni­ty.

Six oth­er Defense Depart­ment offi­cials, five Army employ­ees, three Navy mem­bers and two to Air Force rep­re­sen­ta­tives also received 2011 Fed­er­al 100 awards.

U.S. Depart­ment of Defense
Office of the Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of Defense (Pub­lic Affairs)

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