ARLINGTON, VA, May 24, 2017 -- Leonardo DRS, for the third time, has been awarded the Defense Security Service Award for Excellence in Counterintelligence. The award is the highest U.S. honor given to the defense industry for protecting classified information and technology through a culture of compliance with government security regulations and partnership with DoD intelligence services.
Leonardo DRS received the 2016award for developing new techniques to identify malicious communications and subsequently, training other defense contractors on how to implement countermeasures.
These counterintelligence efforts are part of a strong security program within the company that encourage employees to identify and report suspicious activities. Leonardo DRS is one of only three defense contractors to receive the 2016 award out of a pool of more than 10,000 eligible companies.
The Defense Security Service (DSS) instituted the annual award in 2010 to recognize cleared contractors that best demonstrate the ability to stop foreign theft of U.S. defense technology. Companies chosen for the award demonstrate a continuous and ongoing counterintelligence program integrated throughout the company and contribute the most to protecting vital national security information.
“Leonardo DRS is committed to protecting classified data and information and we are proud of our culture of compliance in an environment of constant threats,” said William J. Lynn, CEO of Leonardo DRS. “We support the tireless work of the DSS by doing our part, having built a culture that encourages the rapid identification and reporting of incidents and immediate prevention to halt suspicious activity before it succeeds,” Lynn said.
Leonardo DRS also was awarded the DSS Award for Excellence in Counterintelligence in 2014 and 2012 and has been the recipient of multiple James S. Cogswell Awards for Outstanding Industrial Security Achievement by the DSS for excellence in the principles of industrial security and exceeding U.S. Department of Defense requirements.
About Leonardo DRS
Leonardo DRS is a prime contractor, leading technology innovator and supplier of integrated products, services and support to military forces, intelligence agencies and prime contractors worldwide. The company specializes in naval and maritime systems, ground combat mission command and network computing, global satellite communications and network infrastructure, avionics systems, and intelligence and security solutions. Additionally, DRS builds power systems and electro-optical/infrared systems for a wide range of commercial customers. Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, DRS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Leonardo S.p.A., which employs more than 47,000 people worldwide. See the full range of capabilities at www.drs.com and on Twitter @drstechnologies.