Cybersecurity Person of the Year 2023: General Paul M. Nakasone


Cybersecurity Person of the Year 2023: General Paul M. Nakasone

National Security Chief Protects U.S. from Cybercrime and Cyberwar and Prompts Action

– From the editors of Cybercrime Magazine

Northport, New York – December 12, 2023

The editors of Cybercrime Magazine named General Paul M. Nakasone “Cybersecurity Personality of the Year” for his outstanding contributions to the industry in 2023. General Nakasone assumed his current role as Commander, US Cyber ​​Command and Director of the National Security Agency/Chief of the Central Security Service in May 2018.

“The NSA, led by General Nakasone, has made extraordinary progress in protecting our nation, our government, our schools, and our businesses from increasingly sophisticated and hostile cyber threats in 2023,” said Steve Morgan, founder of Cybersecurity Ventures and editor-in-chief. in chief of Cybercrime Magazine. “Our entire industry looks to him for advice on cyber posture, recruiting and retaining cyber warfighters, building partnerships and much more. »

AP Reports that the NSA is creating an Artificial Intelligence Security Center – a critical mission as AI capabilities are increasingly acquired, developed and integrated into US defense and intelligence systems. General Nakasone said the center would be integrated into the NSA’s Cybersecurity Collaboration Center, where it works with private industry and international partners to strengthen the U.S. defense industrial base against threats from security-led adversaries. China and Russia.

“Without a doubt, General Nakasone is absolutely the best choice for Cybersecurity Person of the Year,” says Dr. Diane M. Janosek, member of the Senior Executive Service of Defense Intelligence under the direction of General Nakasone. “He had an indelible impact on the national security of America’s most sensitive digital networks,” adds Janosek, who previously served as NSA director of training and commander of the National Cryptologic School. “His vision, leadership, dedication and personal commitment to the American people and their security are unparalleled.”

Janosek shares the immense responsibilities that fall to General Nakasone. “As leader of U.S. Cyber ​​Command and the NSA, he has driven the efficiency and effectiveness of two key agencies involved in the nation’s cybersecurity through offensive and defensive operations. The United States has witnessed unprecedented attacks on its national interests at home and abroad, and with General Nakasone at its helm, all Americans can be confident that our cyber defenses have never been stronger. efficient. »

In a May 2023 statement released by US Cyber ​​Command, General Nakasone revealed his strategy and priorities for “Own the domain“, a call to action in response to “acute (cyber)threats, speed challenges, disinformation and advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning”, used by adversaries who continue to challenge international standards and laws.

Throughout 2023, General Nakasone spent time visiting college campuses to engage with students and encourage them to join public service. He has been a keynote speaker at industry conferences and appointed new leaders to US Cyber ​​Command and the NSA.

“General Nakasone is deserving of this honor, not only in my professional opinion, but undoubtedly in the eyes of thousands of military and public servants around the world,” Janosek said. “We are grateful for his thoughtful care for people and his commitment to strengthening the cybersecurity posture across all critical infrastructure sectors.” »

Previous Cybersecurity Person of the Year winners include Claire O’Neill, Australian Minister for Cybersecurity; Jen Easterly, Director of the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency; Dr Ambareen Siraj, founder of WiCyS (Women In Cybersecurity); Craig Newmark, philanthropist and founder of Craigslist; and Sylvia Acevedo, rocket scientist and former CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA.

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