We are excited to announce a new addition to our Bay Dynamics team. Lieutenant General Rhett Hernandez (Ret), a 39-year veteran of the United States Army, has joined our advisory board. He brings a wealth of experience to Bay Dynamics including leading the daily operations, defense and risk management of all Army networks which includes 1.2 million users, and building a cyber force of more than 17,000 people. He also served as the Deputy Chief of Staff, Army Operations; Chief, U.S. Military Training Mission, Saudi Arabia; and Commanding General, Human Resources Command.
Even in retirement, Rhett continues to advise several cyber security companies and serves as the West Point Cyber Chair to the Army Cyber Institute. He decided to add Bay Dynamics to his priority list after seeing the value Bay is bringing to some of the world’s largest enterprises.
To introduce Rhett Hernandez to our Bay Dynamics family and friends, we thought it would be best to hear directly from him.
BD: Thank you for taking the time to speak with us. How do you think your particular expertise will help Bay Dynamics continue its success in helping enterprises reduce cyber risk?
RH: I think my expertise will help Bay Dynamics in a couple of ways. First, I have a wide range of operational experience and understand no operation is risk free. Leaders must understand their state of cyber risk and take actions to reduce it. Second, as the first Army cyber commander, a global command responsible for operating and defending all U.S. Army networks, we had to manage risk every day. This required understanding the risks presented by rapidly evolving and sophisticated threats, constantly changing network vulnerabilities, and a full range of potential consequences. We had to fully understand those elements to mitigate the risk and accomplish the mission. I intend to leverage my experience to help Bay Dynamics continue to grow.
BD: Why do you want to be an advisor for Bay Dynamics?
RH: I am excited about Bay Dynamics’ capabilities and know I can help make a difference. The older I become the easier some decisions are to make. Why would the CEO want me, if I’m excited but useless? And why would I want to be an advisor, if I’m making a difference but I didn’t believe in the capability? When I led the Army Cyber Command, there was neither a NIST framework nor capabilities that would allow us to quickly assess our risk and make decisions to mitigate the risk to our networks. Today, Bay Dynamics provides that needed capability and fits well with my focus on cyber readiness.
BD: Why do you think our Risk Fabric® cyber risk analytics platform is a good fit for government agencies?
RH: Risk Fabric enables government agencies to manage risks most important to their operation. It’s holistic, not isolated or fragmented, and provides an integrated view of threats and vulnerabilities, while considering asset value and business context. As an integrated platform, Risk Fabric provides increased situational awareness at all levels to better support timely, relevant and accurate decisions. Finally, Risk Fabric increases agency efficiency, effectiveness and cyber security, which are essential components of national and economic security.
BD: What kind of value do you believe advisors like you bring to cyber security vendors?
RH: In my view, advisors add diversity, in the broadest sense, to cyber security companies. That includes diversity of thought, experiences, education, relationships and more. For example, advisors who served in a federal agency bring agency-specific diversity, which allows them to provide insights on how an agency operates, an appreciation of their key players, critical gaps, emerging requirements and essential processes. However, each advisor also brings his or her own skills, knowledge, attributes and values to a company. While diversity is important, fit is as well. In addition to understanding their role and becoming a valued member of the team, advisors must be able to integrate with management at all levels of the company.
BD: What do you think is the number one cyber security problem at the forefront of government agencies?
RH: In my view, while critical infrastructure protection is key to national security, we continue to lack an integrated platform that provides real-time automated prevention first solutions, and when prevention fails, the ability to rapidly detect, respond and recover. We will never prevent everything and should not try to. Resiliency, in other words, how quickly we can bounce back, will be the true metric for critical infrastructure protection.
BD: What do you think will be the number one cyber security problem at the forefront of government agencies in in the next three to five years?
RH: I thought it would be the threat’s ability to take advantage of the vulnerabilities provided by the Internet of Things, but given the recent DDOS attack on Dyn, it may be here sooner. Given that everything is on the internet and the amount of data produced, I am concerned about the growing cyber security challenges that come with protecting our networks, data and systems. Imagine just enough disruption to impact network availability, data integrity, and system or platform confidentiality. Disruption, not destruction, can affect our trust in the basic safe and secure environment we take for granted every day.
Cyber security is everyone’s responsibility and demands everyone’s continuous attention, focus and urgency.
BD: Any final thoughts?
RH: I’m excited and honored to be a part of the Bay Dynamics team and look forward to helping them manage the growing risks across the public and private sectors, to ensure our freedom to operate.