2018 Fed 100

Federal 100: Maj. Tom Bereknyei

Name: Maj. Tom Bereknyei
Title: Lead Engineer
Agency: Defense Digital Service

Hands-on leader. Some projects require leaders to be more than visionaries and strategists — they have to get technical, too. That’s what Bereknyei did for Project Jyn, an initiative by Army Cyber Command and Defense Digital Service that sought to address challenges in identifying, recruiting, training and retaining cyber professionals. Acting Defense Department CIO Essye Miller said Bereknyei’s technical contributions and leadership led Jyn’s first cohort to “build a system capable of detecting and selectively defeating the targeted [unmanned aerial vehicle systems] through exploitation” without jamming communications, and it accomplished that feat in a matter of weeks.

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