by Christine D. Millette
24th Air Force Public Affairs
11/9/2012 - WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Maj.
Gen. Suzanne Vautrinot, 24th Air Force and Air Forces Cyber commander,
received Symantec's 2012 Cyber Award in the category of National/Federal
- Defense during a ceremony held at the 2012 Symantec Government
Symposium, Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.,
The annual award recognizes leaders who exemplify government cyber
security excellence through their contributions to programs that protect
national and global data and systems. The awards also recognize thought
leaders who have developed and operationalized innovative strategies or
programs to address government cyber security challenges.
"We gave an enduring strategy that was actionable, and then more
importantly we acted upon it as a team," said Vautrinot, in an interview
during the Symposium. "We collaborated; than meant we leveraged
industry as a partner, not as a provider. We also leveraged the
International community as allies, not as adversaries, and we leveraged
those other government agencies, the Interagency, as part of a team,
because in cyber security it's not about one contribution. We all have
the same vulnerabilities, we are all threatened by the same adversaries,
and we all need to contribute to the strength of this Nation, in
economic, diplomatic, and military cyber security, so we worked together
on an enduring strategy. That strategy has been very successful."
General Keith Alexander, U.S. Cyber Command commander and NSA director,
delivered the symposium's first keynote speech of the day, and talked
about how national cyber security is a job that the government and
industry must work together as a team and help educate the general
"Most of the people do not technically understand the network and what
we're talking about," he said. "And so there's a lot of paranoia out
there. You know, we have to help them understand - everyone understand
in the United States and our allies - actually what we mean by operating
in cyberspace a secure area where we protect our civil liberties and
privacy. We can do both."
The other 2012 winners and their categories were Senator Tom Carper of
Delaware, U.S. Congress/Capitol Hill; Cornelia Rogall-Grothe, Germany's
State Secretary and Federal Government Commission for Information
Technology, International Civilian; Rickey Branning, Manager,
Information Systems Security, Computer Incident Response Team, U.S.
Postal Service, National/Federal - Civilian; Governor Rick Snyder of
Michigan, Regional/State and Local; and Kristopher Cox, Chief
Information Security Officer, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
"Each and every day, our public servants in government information
technology security and management play a major role in protecting and
managing critical information assets," said GiGi Schumm, vice president
and general manager for Symantec Public Sector. "Symantec - along with
our platinum sponsors General Dynamics, HP and NetApp - is honored to
recognize leaders who constantly strive to raise the bar on cyber
security, here in the U.S. and abroad."