Retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant General Joins Lookout’s Federal Advisory Board
RESTON, Va., June 27, 2016 -- Lookout, the global leader in securing mobility, has welcomed Ronnie Hawkins, Jr., retired Lieutenant General, U.S. Air Force and current president of the Hawkins Group to its Federal Advisory Board. Hawkins brings nearly four decades of business, military, and academic experience to this post. Alongside the other board members, who boast defense, intelligence and civilian agency and IT industry credentials, Hawkins will work with Lookout management to educate public sector IT decision makers, as well as policymakers, on the security risks introduced by the proliferation of both authorized and unauthorized mobile devices in the workplace.
“Mobile security, and particularly the security surrounding the data on mobile devices, is a critical threat vector that must be addressed as the government moves ever more into the mobile ecosystem and the IoT,” said Hawkins. “No one understands the security risks introduced by mobile devices better than Lookout so I’m looking forward to working with them on teaming with the government about this important issue.”
Hawkins was the first commander of the Joint Force Headquarters-Department of Defense Information Networks, where he served for both the commander of the U.S. Cyber Command and the chief information officer of the Department of Defense. During his active duty career, he served as the director of coalition forces for Multi-National Forces, Baghdad, Iraq, and coalition forces for Operation Southern Watch, Saudi Arabia. He was the director of command control systems and chief information officer for Pacific Air Forces Command. He commanded at all levels of the military including Cadet Squadron 24, at the U.S. Air Force Academy, and as the commander for the U.S. Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC), Officer Training School (OTS), and Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp (JROTC). Hawkins culminated his long and distinguished military career as the director of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) where he led a global organization of military and civilian personnel who provided direct support to the President, Secretary of Defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Combatant Commanders, Department of Defense components, and other mission partners.
“Lookout recently analyzed 20 federal agencies and found 14,622 Lookout-enabled devices associated with those agencies' networks, despite many agencies’ claims that they do not allow the use of mobile devices,” said Bob Stevens, VP of Public Sector at Lookout. “These devices are being used to access potentially sensitive government data, and employees are engaging in risky behavior that could put the device (and in turn the data it accesses) at risk. Our advisors, including the very welcome addition of retired Lieutenant General Hawkins, are invaluable to Lookout’s critical efforts to educate IT leaders and policymakers on this risk.”
Lookout’s Federal Advisory Board is made up of experts with decades of experience in cybersecurity across all branches of government and the private sector. Board members include Roger Cressey, a nationally recognized expert on counter-terrorism and cybersecurity and a former director on the National Security Council at the White House; Jennifer Napper, retired Major General, U.S. Army, with over 30 years experience in telecommunications, IT and cybersecurity; Philip Reitinger, formerly the deputy under secretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate, the executive director of the Department of Defense’s Cyber Crime Center, the deputy chief of the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section at the Department of Justice, chief information security officer at Sony and chief trustworthy infrastructure strategist at Microsoft; Martin Zimmerman, the former deputy assistant chief of staff of the U.S. Army for Command, Control and Communications; Greg Kesner, the former chief network data intercept for the FBI; and Gigi Schumm, a public sector IT executive who most recently served as vice president and general manager for Symantec Public Sector.
Lookout is an integrated endpoint-to-cloud security company. Our mission is to secure and empower our digital future in a privacy-focused world where mobility and cloud are essential to all we do for work and play. We enable consumers and employees to protect their data, and to securely stay connected without violating their privacy and trust. Lookout is trusted by millions of consumers, the largest enterprises and government agencies, and partners such as AT&T, Verizon, VMware, Vodafone, Microsoft, Google, and Apple. Headquartered in San Francisco, Lookout has offices in Amsterdam, Boston, London, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto and Washington, D.C. To learn more, visit www.lookout.com and follow Lookout on its blog, LinkedIn, and Twitter.