Vincent Mihalik has more than 25 years of Department of Defense experience specializing in cybersecurity, business and IT strategic planning, IT transformation, program management, and emerging technology assessments. Throughout his career, he worked closely with the heads of the Defense Intelligence Agency and the U.S. Army G-2, as well as led congressional briefings in the U.S. House of Representatives. Mihalik has provided advisory services to the senior leadership of DIA, NGA, NRO, FBI, IRS, and U.S. Army PEO-EIS and has considerable experience in the business application of analytical solutions for the federal government. Currently serving as vice president of cybersecurity solutions at Wyle Information Systems, Mihalik has previously held leadership positions at Gartner Inc., Booz Allen Hamilton and Anteon.
TheNewNewInternet: What are some key offerings of Wyle?
Vincent Mihalik: Wyle is a leading provider of high-tech science, aerospace engineering, and information technology services to the federal government. We provide a robust set of cybersecurity capabilities in information assurance and computer network defense to both DoD and civilian government customers. Our engineers and scientists are working on solutions to increase cyber-situational awareness, deploy innovative forensic analysis techniques, and enable organizations to achieve inspection compliance while securing their enterprise. In fact, Wyle is the principle provider of IT security for one of our defense customers, and DISA recently rated this program as providing ‘outstanding computer network defense.’
TNNI: What are some of your biggest current contracts/projects? Which agency(ies) do you primarily provide support to? How much of your work is in other critical infrastructure sectors?
Mihalik: Wyle has a broad federal market contract base, although historically it is fair to say that the U.S. Navy, Army, and Air Force make up the majority of our base. Much of our work is sensitive, and Wyle is recognized as one of the nation's leading providers of trusted services and solutions. Wyle will have pro forma revenues of approximately $1 billion with the addition of recent strategic acquisitions.
TNNI: What is the greatest threat currently facing the nation in cyberspace and why?
Mihalik: A complete understanding of the makeup of the threats facing the United States in cyberspace is difficult to characterize in a short response. Some suggest the cyber threat is overhyped and others suggest that we are actively engaged in a cyber war. It is often stated that if end-users and systems administrators would follow generally accepted best practices for computing, our cybersecurity risk could be reduced by as much as 80 percent. At Wyle, our philosophy is based on solutions that encompass active defense today and investment in research and development to prepare for next-generation threats. At Wyle, we design, operate, and manage networks that allow our customers to operate securely in cyberspace in compliance with federal requirements for a secure federal enterprise“¦ an end state through a set of means. Our relationships with DARPA, NSA and USCYBERCOM provide us insight in to leading-edge security technologies and processes, and form a basis for collaboration and information sharing in facing this evolving threat.
TNNI: How important is the government contracting community to the efforts to secure the U.S. critical infrastructure and intellectual property?
Mihalik: Government contracting has been and will continue to remain an important resource for federal managers, even amid the current in-sourcing trend. We have seen the pendulum swing back and forth over the past several decades with regard to the numbers of staff provided by contract compared to government workers. One aspect will not change“¦ inherently governmental roles will remain the domain of federal staff. In an industry segment like cybersecurity, there will be increasing demand for cybersecurity skill sets for both the government and industry, and Wyle has been leading the way with our Information Assurance Training Academy for more than five years. The Wyle IA training curriculum boasts one of the highest pass rates in the industry for critical cybersecurity certifications.
TNNI: Why are you involved in cyber? What motivates you every day?
Mihalik: Defending America has been one of my passions for over 25 years. I enlisted in the Navy during the Cold War, and I continue to serve our country today. Cybersecurity is an evolving domain that requires a public/private partnership to ensure that the United States maintains its technological advantage over those who would do it harm. The national security of our nation depends on freedom of action in cyberspace, whether we are talking about financial transactions, weapons systems, or personal privacy information. Wyle has been defending America since 1949, and I am proud to have joined the Wyle team.