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Zero Trust Enabling the Future Joint Force

This Navy's Director of Enterprise Networks and Cybersecurity, Scott St. Pierre, and Fortinet Federal VP Mark Wiggins explore how zero trust aids secure communication and data sharing to prepare the Navy for future fights.

Military cyber leaders repeatedly say zero trust is critical, essential and integral to the Defense Department's Joint All-Domain Command-and-Control concept. A zero trust approach to cybersecurity helps organizations improve data security, manage users on the network and facilitate data interoperability, all key components of JADC2. 

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Michael Hoffman
Michael Hoffman
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Mr. Scott M. St. Pierre was selected to the Senior Executive Service in 2021. Mr. St. Pierre oversees the daily operations of the division that develops policy, validates requirements, and allocates resources to the Navy shore business enterprise network environment and Navy cybersecurity. He serves as the Deputy Navy Senior Information Security Officer and the Navy Data Officer.

In December, 2014, Mr. St. Pierre was selected as the Naval Sea Systems (NAVSEA) Command Enterprise Information Technology Officer, a Senior Level Executive (SL) position, which included the duties of the Chief Information Officer, and Director of Cybersecurity for shore and business systems.

In April 2014, he was selected as the Principle Assistant Program Manager for Combat System Integration on INDEPENDENCE variant Littoral Combat Ship. From 2010-2014 Mr. St. Pierre served as the Program Executive Office (PEO), Integrated Warfare Systems (IWS) Enterprise System Engineer.

Mr. St. Pierre was a self-employed defense contractor 2001-2009, providing technical and programmatic support to the PEO IWS, Technical Director and Enterprise Systems Engineer, as well as to the Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) Program Office. From 1997-2001, Mr. St. Pierre supported the Chief of Naval Operations staff and the Navy’s Program Executive Office, Theater Surface Combatants providing subject matter expertise in Battle Group operations and interoperability.

From 1986 to 1997, Mr. St. Pierre served in three ships on the West Coast, including USS FLETCHER (DD 992), USS ANTIETAM (CG 54), and USS PRINCETON (CG 59), as well as on the staff of the Commander, Naval Surface Force, Pacific Fleet, where he was the Future Plans Officer.

Mr. St. Pierre is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, where he received a B.A. in Russian Language and Literature in 1986. Upon graduation, he received his commission in the Navy through the Reserve Officer Training Corps. Mr. St. Pierre is a certified Department of Defense Acquisition Professional in Program Management (0340) and IT Program Management (2210). He also completed his GSLC certification in 2017.

Director Enterprise Networks and Cybersecurity (OPNAC N2N6D), US Navy

Mark Wiggins directs the Fortinet Federal teams supporting the U.S. Department of Defense, the Intelligence Community and Federal Systems Integrators. He has more than 18 years of experience as a major account manager and business development director with a primary focus on evolving cybersecurity and network defense solutions for the DoD, Intelligence Community, and numerous Civilian agencies. Before joining Fortinet in 2018, he managed DoD business development with Juniper Networks addressing secure enterprise and tactical networks. Prior to that assignment, Mark supported maritime and secure satellite communications systems with Inmarsat Government and Segovia. Following graduation from the United States Naval Academy, Mark served in the U.S. Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer.

VP, Defense, Intelligence Community and System Integrators, Fortinet Federal


Fortinet Federal