Major General (Ret) George Franz is Cybersecurity Lead for Accenture Federal Services’ National Security business where he works with Accenture’s federal clients to help them better understand the specific threats they face, identify the ways that evolving threats can be mitigated, and give greater insight into the proven defensive tactics that can be implemented to improve the security posture of the agency within their existing mission, budget, and risk constraints.
As the former director of operations for U.S. Cyber Command, Franz led the planning and execution of global Department of Defense (DoD) and Interagency Offensive, Defensive and Global Network Cyberspace Operations. In this role, he oversaw the main DoD cybersecurity center, coordinating the network defensive activities of 52 military commands and governmental agencies comprising more than three million active users. He also led the development of a comprehensive global campaign for cybersecurity, increasing the effectiveness of DoD and interagency network defenses. Prior to his role as director for U.S. Cyber Command, Franz served as Commanding General for the Army’s Intelligence and Security Command. His responsibilities in that role included directing worldwide multi-discipline intelligence operations to support seven combatant command theaters, as well as combat operations in support of the global counter-terrorism campaign. Previously, Franz also served as Commanding General for the Cyber National Mission Force and was founding director of the Information Dominance Center in the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, where he trained and mentored 325 intelligence and information specialists from 17 NATO member nations.
He brings experience leading global multidiscipline intelligence operations to Accenture, including the development of a comprehensive global cybersecurity campaign to increase the effectiveness of both DoD and interagency network defenses.
Franz holds a master’s degree in Advanced Military Studies from the United States Army School of Advanced Military Studies, a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Maine at Orono.