The Pentagon’s second-in-charge was recognized Monday as a leader in IT at an awards event held in Washington, D.C.
Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn, III accepted the “Eagle Award“ during a banquet attended by roughly 1,000 participants, according to the American Forces Press Service. He 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.
While cyber-warfare capabilities now are largely in the hands of sophisticated nation-states, they could move to rogue states and terrorist organizations, Lynn said. Currently, most malicious threats have not been joined with the most malicious actors, but that will happen, he predicted.
Defending the nation's military and commercial networks and cyber infrastructure demands collaboration among government agencies and between those agencies and industry, Lynn said. DoD and DHS work closely together, he noted, but he added that partnerships with private-sector experts are crucial.
“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,“ he said.
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.