Brett Williams

Air Force Pilot, Cyber Security Expert, and Speaker

Brett Williams is a top business keynote speaker and the co-founder of IronNet Cybersecurity, Inc.  IronNet is developing a cybersecurity product based on detecting anomalous behavior using behavioral modeling and big data analytics.  His division provides a variety of managed security services and client security assessments as well as training, testing and certification for network security personnel. Brett is also responsible for product, enterprise and physical security at IronNet.

  • Brett Williams`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Brett Williams`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $10,001 - $20,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    North Carolina, USA

  • Brett Williams`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Brett Williams`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $10,001 - $20,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    North Carolina, USA

Suggested Keynote Speaker Programs

For C-Suite Executives And Board Members

The Challenge: Senior business leaders are being held accountable for managing cyber-risk in their companies. Unfortunately, many executives do not feel comfortable with this responsibility due to their lack of...

The Challenge:
Senior business leaders are being held accountable for managing cyber-risk in their companies. Unfortunately, many executives do not feel comfortable with this responsibility due to their lack of technical background and their limited understanding of cyber.

The Solution:
Brett Williams keynote helps close the gap in language, perception and understanding between those charged with strategic business decisions and the people who have technical responsibility for cybersecurity in the company.  Brett’s substantial experience with corporate boards and other groups of senior leaders has made him an expert at identifying the key cybersecurity issues for business leaders.  He has a unique ability to translate technical jargon into the language of senior executives.  Brett equips his audience to ask the CIO and CISO tough questions, and more importantly, to understand the answers.  Each keynote is customized to the audience and includes a discussion of the current threat environment, costs associated with a breach, an executive primer on current cyber defense techniques and their shortfalls and suggestions on how to identify the essential elements of a good cyber defense program.  Every participant will walk out the door with three to four specific action items they can immediately implement when they get back to the company.

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For CIOs And CISOs

The Challenge: CIOs and CISOs regularly find themselves in the boardroom educating directors and senior executives on cybersecurity and advocating for the essential programs necessary to mitigate cyber-risk. The common complaint from the board, is the presentation and ...

The Challenge:

CIOs and CISOs regularly find themselves in the boardroom educating directors and senior executives on cybersecurity and advocating for the essential programs necessary to mitigate cyber-risk. The common complaint from the board, is the presentation and the metrics are not relevant to the business challenge or the language is too technical.

The Solution:

Brett Williams keynote for CIOs, CISOs and their staffs draws on his years of experience translating the technical jargon of cyberspace into language senior leaders can understand. Brett has made the case to the Joint Chiefs of Staff and, since retiring from the Air Force, he has conducted multiple cyber education sessions with boards across the United States as a faculty member with the National Association of Corporate Directors. He has worked in varied business sectors to include: energy, manufacturing, health care, insurance and financial services.

In this keynote, he provides insights for CIOs and CISOs on how to get their message across in a way that makes sense to senior executives. He will share how he discusses the threat and the consequences of a breach; the techniques he uses to explain how difficult it is to create a perfect defense; how to explain “the cloud;” methods to link investment to risk reduction; the Top 5 questions CEOs and Boards should ask their CIO and CISO and a variety of other tips for making your presentation resonate with the board. Every member of the audience will be better equipped and prepared the next time they find themselves in the boardroom.

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For Small Business Owners

The Challenge: Small business owners do not typically have an IT staff, much less can they call on the services of a CIO or CISO. Yet small businesses face the same array of cyber threats as do the largest banks on Wall Street. How can small business owners protect ...

The Challenge:

Small business owners do not typically have an IT staff, much less can they call on the services of a CIO or CISO. Yet small businesses face the same array of cyber threats as do the largest banks on Wall Street. How can small business owners protect themselves?

The Solution:

Brett Williams keynote for small business owners focuses first on understanding the threat and why your small business could become a target of an adversary with fairly sophisticated tools. Brett provides insights on the most likely ways a small business would be attacked with special emphasis on Ransomware and extortion techniques. He then discusses how a small business owner can approach cybersecurity, just like a large company, by applying some basic principles of cyber hygiene techniques and defensive best practices. Brett explains to small business owners how they can evaluate opportunities to outsource their requirements to service providers, but with an understanding of the risks they incur when they trust someone else with the “crown jewels” of the business. Brett simplifies the concept of “the cloud” and prepares small business owners to make the best possible decisions to reduce the cyber risk to their business. The small business owner will walk out of this keynote with a clear plan of action that can be accomplished within their available resources.

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Defending The Nation In Cyberspace

The Challenge: As business owners and as private citizens, we all rely on the U.S. Government to defend our interests against nation-state actors, terrorists and other advanced threat groups operating in cyberspace. The challenge is we do not understand what the ...

The Challenge:

As business owners and as private citizens, we all rely on the U.S. Government to defend our interests against nation-state actors, terrorists and other advanced threat groups operating in cyberspace. The challenge is we do not understand what the government can or should do and it is hard to understand how we are to separate the hype from the things we should really be concerned about.

The Solution:

Brett Williams keynote draws on his extensive experience in the formative years of U.S. Cyber Command. In his position as the Director of Operations, he was responsible for the operations and defense of DoD networks and for planning offensive operations. His military experience coupled with his experience in the private sector make him the right speaker to articulate the challenges we face as a nation due to cyber threats. In this speech, Brett explains the strategic threats facing our country and their potential impact on critical infrastructure like our power grid and our water supply. He explains the role of the government vs the role of the private sector and helps the audience understand the challenges we face defining those distinct roles. Brett’s attendance at high level policy discussions during actual cyber-attacks, allows him to share insights and challenges facing the United States as it seeks to deter and defeat our adversaries in cyber space.

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For Leaders At All Levels

The Challenge: Leaders at all levels are increasingly challenged to deliver success from teams consisting of bright, motivated, millennials who have grown up in the age of cyberspace. Many seasoned executives are intimidated by their lack of technical background and the...

The Challenge:

Leaders at all levels are increasingly challenged to deliver success from teams consisting of bright, motivated, millennials who have grown up in the age of cyberspace. Many seasoned executives are intimidated by their lack of technical background and the gap in language, perception and understanding between them and their young teammates.

The Solution:

Brett Williams keynote on leading in the age of cyberspace capitalizes on his experience transitioning from a successful leadership career in the combat operations community into the high tech world of IT and cybersecurity. Brett explains that his approach was based first on the principal that leadership is technology agnostic and that he would continue to follow his top three leadership principles as he took on his new roles and responsibilities. He identified key actions he had to take to build credibility and confidence with his new team. And, he leveraged his deep operations experience to open doors and create opportunities that had a significant lasting impact on how the Department of Defense approaches the mission of cyber security. Its all about leadership and Brett’s approach was to make cybersecurity a commander issue not an IT issue. You need to take the same approach in business. Cybersecurity is a strategic business issue that takes teamwork and leadership to line up the efforts of the Board, the C-Suite and the technical staff to ensure the business grows and prospers despite the risks inherent with running a business in the age of cyberspace.

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An Executive Approach to a Technical Challenge

Brett Williams’ keynote helps close the gap in language, perception and understanding between those charged with strategic business decisions and the people who have technical responsibility for cybersecurity in the company. Brett’s substantial experience with corporate ...

Brett Williams’ keynote helps close the gap in language, perception and understanding between those charged with strategic business decisions and the people who have technical responsibility for cybersecurity in the company. Brett’s substantial experience with corporate boards and other groups of senior leaders has made him an expert at identifying the key cybersecurity issues for business leaders. He has a unique ability to translate technical jargon into the language of senior executives. Brett equips his audience to ask the CIO and CISO tough questions, and more importantly to understand the answers.

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Managing Cyber-Risk on a Small Business Budget

Brett Williams’ keynote for small business owners focuses first on understanding the threat and why your small business could become a target of an adversary with fairly sophisticated tools. Brett explains to small business owners how they can evaluate opportunities to ...

Brett Williams’ keynote for small business owners focuses first on understanding the threat and why your small business could become a target of an adversary with fairly sophisticated tools. Brett explains to small business owners how they can evaluate opportunities to outsource their requirements to service providers, but with an understanding of the risks they incur when they trust someone else with the “crown jewels” of the business. Brett simplifies the concept of “the cloud” and prepares small business owners to make the best possible decisions to reduce the cyber risk to their business.

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Cybersecurity- It's a Leadership Issue

Cybersecurity is most often thought of as a technical challenge. But, looking at cyber-risk as just a technical problem is a recipe for failure. Highly skilled analysts and cutting edge technology are certainly important, but the best companies understand that leadership and ...

Cybersecurity is most often thought of as a technical challenge. But, looking at cyber-risk as just a technical problem is a recipe for failure. Highly skilled analysts and cutting edge technology are certainly important, but the best companies understand that leadership and organizational culture are the essential elements of good cybersecurity. The good news is that leadership and culture are technology agnostic. The technology available to attackers and defenders changes daily, but the leadership must be constant. In this keynote, General Williams draws on both his decades of leadership experience and his deep cyber expertise to capture those key characteristics of leadership and culture that make a company successful in cyber defense.

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About Keynote Speaker Brett Williams

Brett Williams is a co-founder of IronNet Cybersecurity, Inc.  IronNet is developing a cybersecurity product based on detecting anomalous behavior using behavioral modeling and big data analytics.  His division provides a variety of managed security services and client security assessments as well as training, testing and certification for network security personnel. Brett is also responsible for product, enterprise and physical security at IronNet.

During his time as an Air Force General Officer, Brett served in four senior executive leadership positions.  As the Director of Operations (J3) at U.S. Cyber Command, he led a team of 400 people responsible for the global operations and defense of all DOD networks as well as the planning and execution of authorized offensive operations.  Prior to this position, he served as Director of Operations (A3O), U.S. Air Force, where he led the largest Air Staff directorate consisting of more than 1300 Airmen and civilians stationed world-wide.  In this role, he developed and justified the operations component of the annual $120B Air Force budget. General Williams also served as the Director of Communications (J6) for U.S. Pacific Command. His 150-person directorate executed an annual budget of $57M and was responsible for the design, implementation and operation of all command and control networks supporting DOD’s largest geographic warfighting command.  Finally, as the Inspector General for Air Combat Command, he led the inspection, audit and compliance process for all U.S based combat flying organizations.

Operationally, General Williams led a variety of large, complex organizations ranging in size from 300 to over 9000 personnel.  In his most significant leadership position as 18th Wing Commander in Okinawa, Japan, he led the largest combat wing in the Air Force. General Williams was responsible for relationships with Japanese political and business leaders in a highly volatile community environment. He executed an annual budget in excess of $100M to support a community of over 25,000 U.S. service members, their families and Japanese employees.  In this significant leadership role, he delivered success across a wide variety of mission areas to include aircraft operations, aircraft maintenance, logistics, civil engineering, security and policing, community support, human resources, financial management and medical services.  Brett is an F-15C fighter pilot with over 28 years of flying experience, including more than 100 combat missions.

Brett is a faculty member with the National Association of Corporate Directors Board Advisory Services and teaches cyber-risk seminars to corporate boards.  He is a Task Force Member on the Defense Science Board: Cyber as a Strategic Capability.  He serves on the Advisory Board for Ciena Government Solutions Inc. and is Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Duke University School of Nursing. He is a professional keynote speaker with several national speaker bureaus. Brett holds a BS in Computer Science from Duke University and three graduate degrees in management and national security studies.

Testimonials

“General Williams was fantastic – I recommend him very highly to any board.”

Director, Major Health Insurance Company

 

I had the pleasure of working with Brett in October at our client meeting. We hired him to provide us with a keynote presentation on the importance on leadership’s involvement of understanding cyber-security. He not only did a great job with his message but provided our group with some key action steps to utilize in our work place. I highly recommend him for his expertise as well as his ability to provide information that is tailored to your needs. His professionalism and customer focused insights were very much appreciated. Thanks for a great keynote.

Melissa Rodriguez-Voelkner

Project Manager- Professional Development & Marketing, PULSE

General Brett T. Williams recently gave the keynote address at AccessIT Group’s 12th Annual Cyber Security Symposium. He is a widely recognized cyber security expert and brings a wealth of government and corporate experience, business intelligence, and a high degree of professionalism to the table. Not only was his address very engaging and full of rich information, but General Williams was also very personable and easily related to the senior managers and CISOs that attended the event. AccessIT Group would like to thank General Williams for contributing to the success of our event.

Lisa White Weilnau

Director of Marketing, AccessIT Group

I run a national trade association in Washington, D.C. We recently had MG Williams come speak to our Board of Directors at our annual Fall Membership Meeting about cybersecurity and cybercrime. His presentation was lauded by my membership for his ability to communicate the depth of the problems faced by modern businesses operating in the online environment, and the types of action that must be considered by anyone in business today whose operations may be jeopardized by cybercrime. I highly recommend him to others similarly situated.

Craig Wolf

President & CEO, WSWA

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