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Andrew Hallman, ODNI Principal Executive, Named to 2020 Wash100 for Advancing Cybersecurity, Developing Advanced Defense Guidelines

Andrew Hallman
Andrew Hallman

Executive Mosaic is honored to present Andrew Hallman, principal executive with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, as an inductee into the 2020 Wash100 Award for developing new security initiatives and outlining how cybersecurity can be integrated into both the public and private sectors.

This marks Hallman's first Wash100 Award. Hallman joined ODNI in November, bringing more than three decades of experience to the intelligence community. At the agency, Hallman has assumed the duties of the principal deputy director of national intelligence until the Senate confirms a presidential nominee for the position.

Prior to joining ODNI, Hallman most recently served as deputy director for digital innovation at the CIA, where he oversaw digital and cyber integration efforts across the agency's mission areas.

According to acting DNI Joseph Maguire, Hallman's IC experience is “tremendously valuable as our nation faces a dynamic range of current and future global threats.“ Hallman has utilized his knowledge and experience in the intelligence community to effectively lead the agency through new initiatives since his appointment.

Most notably, Hallman helped the National Counterintelligence and Security Center develop the National Counterintelligence Strategy of the United States of America 2020-2022 in February. The plan has outlined a new approach to counterintelligence to address threats that have evolved significantly since the last strategy in 2016.

The guide has created three new initiatives to ensure success within IC and counterintelligence. The plan enhanced the protection of the nation's critical infrastructure from foreign intelligence entities seeking to exploit or disrupt national critical functions.

The agency will also actively reduce threats to key U.S. supply chains to prevent foreign attempts to compromise the integrity, trustworthiness, and authenticity of products and services purchased and integrated into the operations of the U.S. government, the defense industrial base, and the private sector.

In addition, the ODNI will help counter the exploitation of the U.S. economy to protect our competitive advantage in world markets and our economic prosperity and security. Because the U.S. is a global leader in high-technology research and innovation, America is a target for the theft or acquisition of critical technology and intellectual property.

ODNI also stated the importance of defending American democracy against foreign influence threats to protect America's democratic institutions and processes and preserve our culture of openness. Finally, ODNI noted counter foreign intelligence cyber and technical operations that are harmful to U.S. interests.

Cyber was listed as a critical objective applied to all the other objectives of the strategy. The development of next-generation technologies such as the internet of things, 5G technology, quantum computing and artificial intelligence will present new opportunities for foreign adversaries to collect intelligence and conduct cyber operations against the United States.

In addition to the NCSC report, which has focused on cybersecurity and enhanced cyber defense, Hallman helped develop a guide concerning employee retention in November. The report has spanned from partnerships, the transfer of jobs, reworking the security clearance process and strategies to combat the hiring and retention crisis.

ODNI released a series of initiatives the intelligence community is exploring to better its methods of recruiting and retaining employees. One challenge that the initiatives have explored to address is that many jobs in the IC require employees to relocate to the Washington metro area and that their work must be completed within a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility.

The SCIF can be a deal-breaker for candidates in the job market who are receiving competitive offers. Another obstacle to talent recruitment and retention is the notoriously lengthy process of obtaining a security clearance. To address this, the IC is attempting to enhance the process with automation.

Executive Mosaic applauds ODNI and Andrew Hallman on his 2020 Wash100 Award. Hallman has accumulated a lot of experience across his 30-plus years of experience in the IC. His Wash100 Award win demonstrates the level of vision and success that Hallman has been able to achieve within the agency and for the GovCon sector.

About The Wash100

This year represents our sixth annual Wash100 Award selection. The Wash100 is the premier group of private and public sector leaders selected by Executive Mosaic's organizational and editorial leadership as the most influential leaders in the GovCon sector. These leaders demonstrate skills in leadership, innovation, achievement, and vision.

Visit the Wash100 site to learn about the other 99 winners of the 2020 Wash100 Award. On the site, you can submit your 10 votes for the GovCon executives of consequence that you believe will have the most significant impact in 2020.

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