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MAJOR GENERAL (Retired) BRETT T. WILLIAMS, U.S. AIR FORCE

A distinguished and decorated military leader with extensive private sector business experience and perspective.

Brett’s extensive experience inside and outside of the government make him the perfect keynote speaker for any audience.  He always starts with leadership and the role it plays in managing cyber risk.  From there, he leverages the fact that he has deep executive experience, as well as significant technical expertise, to design a keynote that will provide your audience with a clear plan of action.

A computer science degree from Duke University, over 3600 hours in the F-15, significant executive and operational leadership expertise.

Maj Gen (Retired) Williams commissioned into the Air Force in 1981, completed pilot training and was assigned to fly F-15C fighter.  He deployed several times to Southwest Asia and completed over 100 combat missions in Operations Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and others.

Brett commanded multiple combat units including the Air Force’s largest combat wing, the 18th Wing, in Okinawa Japan.  His  responsibilities included aviation operations and maintenance, logistics, hospital services, personnel and community support, human relations, contracting, financial operations, security and civil engineering.

After 28 years of leading flying operations, Brett transitioned into the field of IT and cybersecurity assuming responsibility for command and control systems, as well as cyber operations, for U.S. Pacific Command.  In this role, he defined the roles and responsibilities for what might be called an “operational” IT and cyber leader.

In his final active duty assignment, Brett served as the Director of Operations for United States Cyber Command. He led a team of 400 people responsible for the global operations and defense of all DOD networks as well as the planning and execution of authorized offensive operations.

Brett is well known as the person who “operationalized” cyberspace operations. He designed the organizational structure and operating concepts that DoD currently follows as they build out the capability to defend the nation and protect our national interests from cyber threats.

Brett is a Co-Founder and COO of IronNet Cybersecurity. IronNet delivers the power of collective cybersecurity to defend businesses, sectors and nations.

IronNet’s collective defense platform, IronDome, is based on advanced cyber detection solution that leverages behavioral analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning to protect against the most advanced threats.

We’re all better cybersecurity professionals because Maj Gen Williams is amongst the ranks of our profession

Maj Gen Williams is a true gift to the Cybersecurity industry. His passion for the profession and focus on the “people side” of the industry is a welcome presence in an industry that often gets wrapped up in technology.

Maj Gen Williams’ global view, leadership perspective, and message of establishing a common language between business leaders, government leaders, and cybersecurity professionals is a critical and necessary contribution to our industry.

Maj Gen Williams is an asset to our industry in the boardroom, on the stage in a speaking setting, in the classroom, and in the field. We’re all better cybersecurity professionals because Maj Gen Williams is amongst the ranks of our profession.

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