Donovan J. Williams

Donovan J. Williams is currently the Vice President for Operations for CommIT Enterprises, Inc., a Certified Veterans-Owned Small Business based in Maryland. He oversees all capture and management operations for Federal and commercial information technology opportunities and ensures CommIT’s vision, long-range strategic planning, regional services management and business development is in-line with core mission and support services. In addition, his position is integral to building trusted relationships with key stakeholders as he uses risk management skills to manage operational and information risk on various projects and captures. A retired Naval Officer, he has over 35 years of management and operational experience working with the Department of Defense as a Federal employee and a DoD contractor.

Dr. Williams is graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, received his Masters from the University of Auburn-Montgomery, and has a Ph.D. in Information Technology from Capella University. In addition, he is a certified Project Management Institute (PMI) Project Manager Professional (PMP). During his time in the military he held multiple leadership positions and as a Naval Aviator he flew several thousand hours in the F-14 and participated in combat during the Libyan Gulf of Sidra Operations and Desert Storm/Shield Iraqi conflicts. His last position in the military was to establish the initial air and missile defense capabilities for U.S. Forces Japan. In this role he created the first air and missile defense war games with Japan’s military, government agencies, and ministries and was the primary strategic planner for U.S. missile defense cooperation with Japan.

Selected by the Missile Defense Agency as its liaison officer on the U.S. Pacific Command J3 Staff, Dr. Williams devised strategic communications and engagement plans for the Missile Defense Agency’s theater command, control, and communication priorities in the Pacific and oversaw missile-defense communication architectures and operations. He also was extensively involved with the establishment of the Shariki AN/TPY-2 radar site in Japan, the first military installation to open in Japan since World War II.

Dr. Williams has transitioned into a new area of expertise with his recent work on predictive modeling of complex cyberthreats with formal concept analysis. This research focuses on providing a new predicative approach to supplement current security tools in the discovery of advanced persistent threats (APTs). This promising research envisages human behavioral inferences in the social, political, economic, and cultural (SPEC) environments and develops an analytic base of information from these characteristics to aid detection and predictability of an APT attack. This additional set of tools can assist cyber security analysts in reducing malicious, destructive, and criminal behavior from APT attacks.