Profile: Jason Lish

Name: Jason Lish

Title: Senior manager, application and SAP security

Organization: Honeywell Aerospace

Age: 29

Industry: Defense/aerospace

30-second biography: Lish began his career in the U.S. Air Force as a telecommunication specialist and spent two years in Keflavik, Iceland, where he was responsible for a top-secret cryptographic network and the island's satellite systems. Recognized as Communications and Information Professional of the Year in 1999 by the secretary of defense for his accomplishments, Lish moved on to Nevada's Nellis Air Force base, where he was involved in one the biggest network upgrades in U.S. Air Force history. After a four-year career in the military, Lish joined Honeywell International in 2001 as a network analyst. In 2006, he was promoted to senior IT security manager and is now responsible for Honeywell's application and SAP security. Lish holds a bachelor of science degree from Bellevue University and a master's in business administration from Ottawa University. He is certified in ITIL, CCNP and Six Sigma.

Current project: "A global initiative to implement security controls into the software delivery life cycle to proactively reduce vulnerabilities introduced into production applications and products. This includes security tools to enable the development community to scan its own code for vulnerabilities, an extensive application security training program and embedded security processes in the existing model."

Who in the technology industry most influenced your career? "Vin Cerf, co-founder of the Internet and the man who launched Darpanet, the first example of a network that would become a universal phenomenon. Having spent considerable time in the defense sector (the largest investor of early-stage technology), I have personally seen how scientific experiments in federal labs transform into life-changing innovations."

Most-critical technologies for IT this year: "There still exists a huge gap between the information haves and the have-nots. Unless we achieve close to a 100% adoption rate, technology has not informed all people in all places."

The best thing about today's technology: "Information at your fingertips, enabling us to do things faster and better -- almost an extension of our minds."

The worst thing about today's technology: "The inherent risk of safety due to the lack of knowledge or education by the end user, leading to issues such as identity theft, industrial espionage and so on."

Technology can... "Be a tremendous enabler for society, but it can be very dangerous, too, if not managed carefully."

Book that was most recently on your nightstand: Leadership and Self-deception, by The Arbinger Institute

Favorite Web sites:,,,,

What sets you apart? "Innovation isn't just about bits and bytes. It's about influence and leadership as well to ensure people believe in your ideas and want to help you succeed. I can implement technology and innovation end-to-end by influencing different cultures, executives and peers."

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