Washington Post Cyber Security Summit Remarks


On Oct. 1, Charlie Croom, Vice President, Cyber Strategy & Government Relations, kicked off National Cybersecurity Awareness Month at the Washington Post Cybersecurity Summit. Below are his remarks from the event.

Thank you for joining today’s important discussion. October is Cyber Security Awareness Month, a national effort to underscore how important cyber security is to our nation’s security and economic  prosperity.

Since 2003, now celebrating its eleventh year, National Cyber Security Awareness Month has been sponsored by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the National Cyber Security Division (NCSD) within the Department of Homeland Security.  Their focus is to encourage computer users to be mindful of cyber threats and offers tips to be safe online.

Perhaps there is no better way to focus attention and bring a critical issue to light than designating a month when all efforts are keenly dedicated on the cyber issues and challenges our businesses and our nation face.

We all stand to benefit from being more aware and vigilant about how to protect our systems, computers, mobile phones, data and personal information.

At Lockheed Martin, cyber security is in everything we do. For decades, we’ve been entrusted to protect systems, platforms and our nation’s secrets. While we recognize the privilege and responsibility that comes with serving our customers, and in protecting the information we are entrusted to secure, we can do more -- together.

Our adversaries continue to advance in their sophistication and the numbers of attacks are escalating around the world. While some might see cyber defense as only a fight for DoD or DHS, it’s a fight we must all join to be successful. The fight is literally in everyone’s own backyard.

Still, some are not convinced the cyber threat is real nor understand the consequences of cyber incidents and persistent campaigns.  However, there are many who do understand and you are here today to further that understanding. You recognize the responsibilities we have collectively to protect critical systems and information.

And while it’s become our nation’s fight, it’s a team sport through and through. Our individual and collective ability to predict, prevent, prepare and respond to the advanced persistent threat is a powerful combination.  

Our success will rely on the best efforts of government, industry, critical infrastructure and technologists working collaboratively and sharing information.  All of us together, one team—one fight.

During today’s sessions, we’ll hear some of these themes from leaders in government and industry, not just about the state of cybersecurity, but about our evolutionary path to improve our game.

As I said earlier, it’s a team sport.


Charles “Charlie” Croom shapes Lockheed Martin's cyber security strategy and oversees government relations activities with insight from his more than 30 years of distinguished service, leadership, and technology experience from the U.S. Air Force.


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October 1, 2014