Accenture Federal Services has hired retired Gen. George Franz, former director of operations for U.S. Cyber Command, to provide cybersecurity expertise for Accenture’s customers in the defense and security markets.
At CYBERCOM, Franz led the planning and execution of global Defense Department and interagency offensive, defensive and global network cyberspace operations, overseeing DOD’s primary cybersecurity center, and coordinating the network defensive activities of 52 military commands and governmental agencies.
Franz will help Accenture’s clients better understand the specific threats they face, identify the ways that evolving threats can be mitigated, and giver greater insight into the proven defensive tactics that can be implemented to improve the security posture of the agency within their existing mission, budget, and risk constraints, the company said.
“George is an extraordinary leader who will play a critical role in designing transformational cyber solutions to drive exceptional mission outcomes for our clients,” said Matt Tait, who leads Accenture’s work with federal defense clients. “He has proven expertise in DoD cyberspace and intelligence operations, and we are very pleased to have him join the leadership team here at Accenture.”
Franz previously served as commanding general for the Army’s Intelligence and Security Command, and as commanding general for the Cyber National Mission Force. He was founding director of the Information Dominance Center in the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, where he trained and mentored 325 intelligence and information specialists from 17 NATO member nations.
“During my 33 years of service, I learned the value of bringing together innovative teams to develop and implement new analytic and operational concepts to solve our toughest problems,” Franz said. “I look forward to my role as part of the Accenture Federal Services team and continue the mission of strengthening vital military networks and protecting critical national infrastructure.”