Edward H. Deets, III, Former Commander of Naval Network Warfare Command, Joins CERT Leadership

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Dana Hanzlik
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Pittsburgh, Pa., January 16, 2012 — Rear Admiral (retired) Edward H. (Ned) Deets, III today joined the Software Engineering Institute as CERT deputy director, Defense Cyber Solutions. In this new role, Deets will manage the development and execution of CERT activities related principally to national defense. 

“The national defense community faces many challenges in the area of information and communications technologies,” said Richard Pethia, director of the SEI’s CERT Program. “These challenges include very real and persistent cyber threats. Ned brings not only his leadership and experience, but also a unique understanding of the cyber security challenges confronting the Department of Defense.”

Deets joins the SEI after retiring from more than 30 years in the Navy. Most recently, he was the vice commander and then commander of Naval Network Warfare Command where he oversaw the conduct of Navy network, communications, space, signals intelligence, and cyber operations.

During his career, Deets earned designation as a cryptologic officer and as an information dominance warfare officer.  He commanded the Cryptologic Training and Education Center of Excellence at Corry Station, Pensacola, Florida. Among his many tours he served at the National Security Agency; at the Naval Security Group Activity Pyongtaek, Republic of Korea; and on the staffs of Commander Carrier Group 2 deployed on the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) and Commander U.S. Sixth Fleet in Gaeta, Italy. He also served aboard numerous ships in multiple theaters of operations integrating information, intelligence and cyber capabilities.

He is a graduate of Duke University and the National War College and was commissioned through the Duke NROTC program. He and his wife Gini have two sons in college.

“I look forward to my new position with CERT,” said Deets. “For many years the CERT Program has played a key role in supporting the efforts of the defense community in the area of cyber security. This role continues to grow as the threat becomes more ubiquitous, persistent and resilient. CERT, with its impressive talent pool is uniquely positioned to develop solutions to the common challenges faced by DoD, government agencies and industry. I am excited about being part of this vital effort and this well respected team.”

About the Software Engineering Institute

The Software Engineering Institute (SEI) is a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense and operated by Carnegie Mellon University. The SEI helps organizations make measurable improvements in their software engineering capabilities by providing technical leadership to advance the practice of software engineering. For more information, visit the SEI website at www.sei.cmu.edu.


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