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Cybersecurity is among Air Force CIO William Lord's top priorities. Lt. Gen. Lord is plotting a "layered defense" to improve the military branch's information security using technologies such as real-time deep packet inspection and network mapping.
Lord also seeks to improve IT efficiency through data center and application consolidation and IT acquisition reform. And the Air Force is deploying new technologies in many areas, including an enterprise-wide Windows 7 upgrade and development of "mid-air" networking. It's also testing an IBM-developed private cloud environment and consumer devices like iPhones and Androids.
Before being named the Air Force's CIO in 2009, Lord was commander of the provisional Air Force Cyber Command and director of cyberspace transformation and strategy.