Two Peraton Leaders Win 2023 Cyber Defenders Awards


May 17, 2023

In response to the ever-changing landscape and increased sophistication of cyber threats, we have witnessed significant digital evolution across the U.S. government. More federal agencies are migrating to zero trust architectures as the pace of broader IT modernization efforts quickens to meet today’s challenges. Now is time to recognize those individuals who are driving technology innovation and advancing our nation’s cyber security.

Peraton’s vice president of cybersecurity, Gregg Garrett, and senior program director, Michelle Clays, were recipients of this prestigious award.

“One of the goals of establishing the Cyber Mission sector at Peraton was to promote collaboration and the speed of cyber operations across our programs supporting intelligence, defense and civilian missions,” said Tom Afferton, president, Cyber Mission sector. “Gregg has been a catalyst for this collaboration, working at the forefront of industry-leading cyber capabilities that can be applied across programs. Michelle has driven the integration of Peraton’s capabilities and expertise, specifically in support of the Army’s cyber mission and its advancement towards Information Advantage. I am thrilled to see both Gregg and Michelle recognized for their leadership.”

MeriTalk created the Cyber Defenders Award to recognize both the value of, and need for, greater cyber resiliency. The 2023 Cyber Defenders Awards highlight individuals in government and industry who drive innovation, advance our nation’s cybersecurity, and who have made significant contributions across cyber programs in Federal IT. Each year, hundreds of people nationwide are nominated, from both government and industry, for the Cyber Defenders Award; only a few people are selected.

“These leaders are advancing security initiatives impacting our government – and our nation’s – cybersecurity,” said Caroline Boyd, principal, government programs at MeriTalk. “We’re pleased to be able to recognize their innovation, commitment, and outstanding achievements.”

The winners will be recognized at MeriTalk’s Cyber Central event on May 17 and Cyber Smoke event on May 18.