Brett T. Williams

Major General (Ret.)

United States Air Force

Brett Williams is the President of the Operations and Training Division, IronNet Cybersecurity, Inc. Incorporated in May 2014, IronNet has developed a revolutionary cybersecurity solution based on comprehensive visibility, advanced behavioral modeling and very large-scale big data analytics.  Brett leads the team responsible for the design and development of security operations centers that can leverage the IronNet framework and integrate cybersecurity with business operations.  In addition, he provides cyber training and education at all levels from the board and CEO down to the technical specialists.

As an Air Force General Officer, Brett commanded a variety of large, complex organizations ranging in size from 250 to over 9000 personnel.  In these significant leadership roles, he delivered success across a wide variety of mission areas to include aircraft operations, aircraft maintenance, logistics, civil engineering, community support, human resources, financial management and medical services.  In addition, Brett has over 28 years of fighter pilot experience flying the F-15C, including more than 100 combat missions.

Brett’s final active duty assignment (2012-2014) was as the Director of Operations (J3) at U.S. Cyber Command.  In this position he led a team of more than 400 people responsible for the global operations and defense of DoD networks.  Brett also served as the Director of Communications (J6) for U.S. Pacific Command (2009-2011).  As the J6, he led a team of 360 personnel including the CIO, and was responsible for the design, implementation and operation of all command and control networks supporting DoD’s largest regional warfighting command.  While at PACOM, Brett developed an operational approach to cybersecurity that would eventually be adopted as the guiding construct for more than 6000 cybersecurity personnel assigned throughout DoD.

Brett’s expertise and thought leadership in cybersecurity have made him a noted speaker and commentator. Through the Washington Speakers Bureau, he delivers keynote addresses and panel presentations designed to improve senior executive oversight of cybersecurity.  As a member of the faculty, National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Board Advisory Services, Brett provides cybersecurity education and training to boards and management teams with special emphasis on enterprise risk management.  Brett has also appeared on Meet the Press with Chuck Todd, This Week with George Stephanopoulos and The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell.  Finally, Brett serves on the Government Advisory Board for Ciena Government Services, Inc., and is a member of the Duke University School of Nursing Advisory Board.

Brett is a graduate of Duke University with a BS in Computer Science.  In addition, he holds an MA in Business Administration/Management from Webster University, an MA in National Security and Strategy Studies from the U.S. Army War College and an MA in Airpower Art and Science from the Air Force School of Advanced Airpower Studies.

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