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Jon Check

Senior Director, Cyber Protection Solutions
Raytheon Intelligence + Space

Jon Check is senior director of Cyber Protection Solutions (CPS) for Raytheon Intelligence & Space.

Raytheon Intelligence & Space Company, with 2017 sales of $25 billion and 64,000 employees, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. With a history of innovation spanning 96 years, Raytheon Intelligence & Space provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration, C5ITM products and services, sensing, effects, and mission support for customers in more than 80 countries. Raytheon Intelligence & Space is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Jon joined Raytheon Intelligence & Space from CSRA Inc. where he was the vice president of the digital solutions organization. In this role, Jon was responsible for direction, strategy and operations of the services provided from CSRA’s delivery centers. The Digital Solutions team was committed to delivering next–generation technology and enterprise solutions for customers across CSRA’s portfolio.

Before CSRA, Jon served as vice president of the solutions organization at Computer Sciences Corporation’s (CSC) North American Public Sector where he led a team of brand managers and solution architects developing IT solutions for new pursuits.

Jon joined CSC from IBM where he was executive operations manager – global business services, within IBM’s public sector. In this role, he managed IBM’s federal data centers and managed services, delivering the IBM smart cloud for government.

Jon also held numerous leadership positions with Northrop Grumman. During his tenure, he provided service strategy, design and delivery of IT professional services to commercial, federal and state markets. Jon has also served in IT leadership roles with Synarc, Inc., Dell Computer and the University of Texas Health Science Center.

Jon holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia.

Get to know Jon Check
What influenced you to join the NCA Board of Directors?

I wanted to do my small part to help drive cyber security awareness. Like everyone else, I have had friends and family members fall victim to cyber criminals and I wanted to do my part to help raise awareness. There is much all of us can do to improve cyber protection at a business, government, and personal level.

What do you hope to accomplish by serving on the board?

My hope is to leave things better than they are today – a safer, more protected world for all. By working together, we can impact change in ways big and small. There’s no shortage of opportunity.

What inspired you to pursue a career in cybersecurity?

I wanted to be part of the cyber defense community to help work toward creating a place where our family, friends and way of life are relatively free from cyber and privacy concerns.

What excites you about the field?

The spirit of collaboration and the NCSA embodies that spirit. No one can do it alone in the Cyber defense world. It takes all of us working together. 

What does your work at Raytheon mean to you?

I get to wake up every day and tackle our customers’ hardest challenges working on a problem that affects every walk of life. It’s an honor to help make the world a safer place in some small way.

How does Raytheon’s cybersecurity interests align with NCA’s mission?

In efforts to impact the future cybersecurity workspace, Raytheon Intelligence & Space has aligned its corporate social responsibility platforms with their business strategy to make a lasting impact in the community. This year, we have made several grants towards the advancement of STEM education.

In August, Raytheon Technologies gave a grant to the newly formed Alabama School of Cyber Technology and Engineering (ASCTE) to help prepare students for cybersecurity careers in government and industry.

Additionally, Raytheon Intelligence & Space has awarded a research grant to University of Texas – San Antonio College of Business Cyber Center for Security and Analytics (UTSA) for a research project studying the use of artificial intelligence to detect malicious attacks. Our partnership with UTSA demonstrates our commitment to leading innovation and to continued development of expertise for our nation’s cyber workforce. 

Raytheon Intelligence & Space is also an annual sponsor of the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NCCDC). NCCDC stages a simulated cyberattack against a fictional business network. Teams must keep the day-to-day operations of the organization going, performing everyday tasks, while fending off constant attacks during the nation’s largest competition of its kind. The event gives cybersecurity students from across the country a chance to test their skills, as well as participate in a career fair and have the opportunity to win a scholarship to advance cybersecurity education. NCCDC’s systematic, professional approach to this competition, and the use of real-world business scenarios, helps attract the talent that will fill the 3.5 million cyber job vacancies we will see by 2021. We at Raytheon Intelligence & Space are proud to support such an initiative. 

That shared mission of educating and empowering the next generation is a wonderful aspect of both NCSA and Raytheon Technologies.

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