Retired Admiral Prepares CEOs to Battle Cybersecurity Threats

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Former vice-chair of the Joints Chiefs of Staff and Sam Nunn School of International Affairs professor of the practice, Admiral James A. Winnefeld (retired) was featured in “Retired Admiral Prepares CEOs to Battle Cybersecurity Threats” for hypepotamus.


Many factors play into a company’s cybersecurity strategy, but to be truly effective, it all has to start in the CEO’s corner office. That’s according to a former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who is now helping Georgia Tech teach cybersecurity lessons to leading Atlanta’s Fortune 500 firms and founders trying to launch startups.

“The very high-profile (security) incidents that have occurred have put CEOs and CSOs on the skyline and maybe cost them their jobs,” said Ret. Adm. James A. Winnefeld, a professor at Georgia Tech’s Sam Nunn School of International Affairs. “An important characteristic is the deep involvement of senior leadership, both in establishing a good culture in cybersecurity and being active in decision making.”

Those factors, plus heightened liability and compliance requirements for data security, prompted Winnefeld to establish the Cybersecurity Leadership Program, which recently completed its first week-long course for 38 company executives and organizational leaders. Five Georgia Tech schools and institutes took part in the program in addition to the Nunn school: Georgia Tech Professional Education, Georgia Tech Research Institute, the Georgia Tech School of Public Policy and the Institute for Information Security and Privacy.

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