San Diego’s Cyber Center of Excellence (CCOE) has announced the election of Pat Sullivan to co-chairman of the board.
Sullivan, who is currently CEO of Pat Sullivan Consulting LLC, succeeds Rear Adm. Ken Slaght, CCOE’s founding chairman and president, who retired from his CCOE post in December. Sullivan joins Kris Virtue of Qualcomm as a leader of the board, dedicated to helping CCOE grow the regional cyber economy and create a more secure digital community for all.
Sullivan previously worked as executive director for NAVWAR, the U.S. Navy command overseeing information technology and sensors. While in leadership at NAVWAR, he was a founding member of CCOE’s advisory board. He helped guide and develop CCOE’s programs to seed and diversify the talent pipeline, increase regional resiliency and drive collaborative innovation.
At NAVWAR, Sullivan led a global workforce of more than 11,000 employees who delivered and sustained advanced information technology, communications systems and cyber solutions for the U.S. military.
Career highlights for Sullivan included recognition by the president for his accomplishments, including work mitigating the effects of a major cyber intrusion into Navy networks. A nation state is thought to have been behind the intrusion in the early 2010s.
Sullivan led the Navy’s technical and programmatic response to the cyber issue, called Operation Rolling Tide. He scoped the problem; identified containment, isolation and eradication actions; and executed the response over a two-month window, creating a series of defensive improvements across every Navy network. He did this with minimal disruption to fleet operations.
Part of the work involved securing funding, which he did successfully.
He also developed and executed a digital transformation vision for the Navy’s IT portfolio. The effort provided software for fighting ships in a manner that Sullivan compared to Apple’s App Store.
Sullivan’s prior positions included executive director for the Navy’s Program Executive Office for Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I), as well as the director for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) at the Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific.
He also developed a vision for redeveloping the Navy’s 70-acre NAVWAR headquarters site to create a new campus that accommodates potential civilian development while meeting the Navy’s current information technology needs.
Sullivan served on the board of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation from 2016 to 2020.
He received his bachelor of science in electrical and computer engineering as well as his master of science in electrical engineering and applied physics from UC San Diego.
CCOE’s president and CEO is Lisa Easterly.
San Diego Cyber Center of Excellence
PRESIDENT AND CEO: Lisa Easterly
HEADQUARTERS: Little Italy
BUSINESS: The San Diego-based nonprofit mobilizes businesses, academia and government to grow the regional cyber economy and create a more secure digital community for all.
REVENUE: $394,634 in fiscal 2021
EMPLOYEES: One full-time, one part-time
NOTABLE: The center grew out of a study on the industry conducted by the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp.