SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--RSA® Conference (www.rsaconference.com), the world’s leading information security conferences and expositions, today announced that Deputy Secretary of Defense William J. Lynn III will present the keynote “Defending a New Domain: The Pentagon’s Cyber Strategy” on Tuesday, February 15 at RSA Conference 2011 in San Francisco, CA. Deputy Secretary Lynn’s address will close the Tuesday keynote sessions, following an exciting series of presentations that include Art Coviello, President, RSA, The Security Division of EMC, and Executive Vice President, EMC Corporation; Enrique Salem, President & CEO Symantec Corporation; and, the annual Cryptographers’ panel featuring leaders in cryptography including Ronald Rivest, Viterbi Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT, and Adi Shamir, Professor, Computer Science Department, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel.
During his keynote, Deputy Secretary Lynn will characterize the threats as seen by the Pentagon and describe the Pentagon’s strategy to address them while calling on the industry to develop new technologies that can reverse the present advantage held by those seeking to penetrate computer networks. Digital networks support nearly every facet of U.S. military operations. The Pentagon recognizes the serious threat to its cyber security, and is partnering with allied governments and private companies to defend this new domain of war.
“Securing our networks is not only a national imperative, it is also one of the great technical challenges of our time—a challenge that will require unprecedented government and industry cooperation to solve,” said William Lynn, Deputy Secretary of Defense. “The Department of Defense is moving aggressively to protect our own networks and to support civil authorities as they defend our nation’s digital infrastructure. But the long-term solution is clearly in the industry’s hands. To ensure our national and economic security, we must re-engineer the vulnerabilities inherent in today’s technology.”
Prior to serving as Deputy Secretary of Defense, Mr. Lynn served as the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) from 1997 – 2001, and for four years prior he was the Director of Program Analysis and Evaluation (PA&E) in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Before entering the Department of Defense in 1993, Mr. Lynn served for six years on the staff of Senator Edward Kennedy as liaison to the Senate Armed Services Committee.
A graduate of Dartmouth College, Mr. Lynn has a law degree from Cornell Law School and a master’s in public affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. His publications include authorizing a book titled, Toward a More Effective Defense, as well as articles in various newspapers and professional journals. He has been recognized for numerous professional and service contributions, including three Department of Defense medals for distinguished public service, the Joint Distinguished Civilian Service Award from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and awards from the Army, Navy and Air Force.
“We are honored to have such a prestigious member of the Department of Defense join RSA Conference during our 20th anniversary celebration,” said Sandra Toms LaPedis, Area Vice President and General Manager of RSA Conference. “Deputy Secretary Lynn’s discussion aligns government, enterprise and consumer interests and provides insight that can only be experienced at RSA Conference.”
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