Nearing the end of a half hour talk on cybersecurity at a conference of contracting professionals in Alexandria, Va., Thursday, Booz Allen Hamilton vice president Mike McConnell had not uttered the name Edward Snowden.
And Snowden, after all, is someone who has people talking a lot about cybersecurity these days.
The now famous former Booz Allen employee stands charged with espionage and is still on the run from U.S. authorities after leaking details to the media on once secret government surveillance programs.
As McConnell, a former director of national intelligence, was wrapping up his presentation, he said he’d take a question or two. That’s when an audience member brought up Snowden.
While brief in his response, McConnell went beyond the carefully worded statement that Booz Allen’s public relations staff had issued in the days after Snowden’s leaks became public.