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The National Cybersecurity Alliance is pleased to present the 17th edition of our Board Member Spotlight.
Our Board member companies are leaders in cybersecurity education and awareness and are an integral part of making the organization a successful public-private partnership.
Get to know Terry Halvorsen, General Manager, Federal Market at IBM in this Board Member Spotlight.
You’ve served on the National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCA) for almost a year, now. What’s been the most meaningful part about serving on the committee so far?
The opportunity to participate in cross-industry dialogue about solutions for meeting our nation’s cybersecurity goals and objectives, while also establishing new important relationships, has been invaluable.
How do IBM’s cybersecurity interests align with the NCA’s mission to educate and empower our global digital society?
One of IBM’s key corporate social responsibility initiatives aligns perfectly with the NCA’s mission to educate and empower. The IBM SkillsBuild program helps expand access to education and in-demand technical (including cybersecurity) roles for students, educators, job seekers and organizations. In 2021 IBM announced its commitment to provide 30 million people globally with new skills by 2030 to create equitable, inclusive economic opportunities while also addressing longstanding tech and cybersecurity industry skills shortage.
Demonstrating this commitment, during NCA’s first Historically Black College and Universities (HBCUs) Career Program Event in September, IBM announced it would collaborate with 20 HBCUs across 11 states to co-create Cybersecurity Leadership Centers, helping to create talent for employers and opportunities for students (six of the collaborations were previously announced in May). This is just one example of IBM’s unique and effective technology education portfolio that relies on broad combinations of programs, and includes collaborations with industry, academia, government and non-profits.
As a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow and an Excellence in Government Leadership Fellow, giving back to the community is important to you. What’s your favorite way to give back?
I like to give back where I can have the most influence, working with organizations like the NCA allows me to have a meaningful impact.
IBM has some amazing initiatives in the cyberspace that include secure hybrid cloud and AI technologies. What has been a memorable project to work on?
IBM’s work with the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has been very memorable. We are working with NAVAIR to build predictive AI models that help to identify and prioritize issues with aircraft readiness that need to be addressed, helping maximize the number of fully mission capable aircraft. IBM is also working with the NAVAIR team to build AI models that will help determine which program initiatives should be funded, helping to optimize budget spends and overall readiness.
In your recent blog, The Modern Mainframe Prepares Government for Tomorrow’s Challenges, you and your co-signer leveraged related private and public sector experience to offer recommendations to policy makers that would make it easier for agencies to obtain modern mainframe technology. From your experience in both the private and public sectors, how can we best improve our safety and security online?
The well-being of organizations today depends on both the private and public sectors working together to not only protect against and prevent cyber incidents, but also rapidly detect, respond to, and recover from them. Adopting a zero trust strategy is certainly key. Leveraging technology like security AI and automation can also go hand and hand with a zero trust approach, helping to reduce the time and ultimately costs of something like a data breach. Additionally, new technologies like our latest mainframe are already providing the opportunity for government and business to start future proofing their systems, applications and data with quantum-safe cryptography – which protects against “harvest now, decrypt later”.
Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2022 just wrapped up! What is your favorite part about the campaign?
A month-long focus on one of the most important issues of our day, and a reminder that cybersecurity should be an all the time focus.