W.Y. Smith Award

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2018 W.Y. Smith Award for Excellence


The Cyber Security Team is the winner of the 2018 W.Y. Smith Award for Excellence.

The Award is named for General Smith, who served as IDA president from 1985 to 1990, after retiring from a long Air Force career that included combat sorties over Korea and concluded as Deputy Commander of European Command. The Award recognizes outstanding contributions by members of the professional staff, excluding research staff members.

The Cybersecurity Team continually balances IDA researcher needs and sponsor demands in a highly complex and ever-evolving national security and cybersecurity compliance environment. The Team synthesizes data from multiple sources, triages and prioritizes events, and takes mitigating actions to defeat or limit malicious behaviors.

For the last 18 months, the Team has tracked an advanced persistent threat actor that is profiling senior personnel through various e-mail campaigns. By understanding that actor’s tools, techniques, and procedures, the Team minimizes otherwise adverse effects and discourages further attacks.

The talent and teamwork of these professionals provide exactly the responses needed to protect our systems against a continuing stream of unanticipated events.