Defense Security Service Recognizes “Excellence in Counterintelligence Award”

Honeywell Executive Chairman Dave Cote recently accepted the prestigious Defense Security Service (DSS) “Excellence in Counterintelligence Award." The award is the highest honor given by the U.S. Government in this category and recognizes Honeywell’s extraordinary results in enhancing national security.

“Integrity and compliance are the cornerstones of Honeywell’s culture,” said Cote in accepting the award from DSS Director Daniel Payne. “So it comes as no surprise to me that we’ve been so diligent in stopping foreign theft of sensitive or classified U.S. information and technology … and that we are a leader in ‘Suspicious Contract Reporting,’ with our reporting increasing 263% year over year.”  

In his remarks bestowing the award to Honeywell, DSS Director Daniel Payne praised Honeywell for its commitment to partnership and highlighted the Company as a pioneer in Trade Show Risk Management.  Honeywell’s program is “cutting-edge” and is being adopted by many other defense contractors.  

As a result of Honeywell’s vigilance, DSS has made multiple referrals to U.S. law enforcement and other agencies resulting in the identification of 21 subjects or sources of federal investigations or operations. 

“We recognize the increasing and ever-changing threats to our people, processes, and technologies and as a result, created the Counterintelligence & Insider Threat Operations team to provide even more focus,” said Kai Hanson, Global Industrial Security Director.  “Since its inception, this team has implemented the industry’s first risk-based tiered approach to evaluate threats at trade shows.” 

Defense Security Service “Excellence in Counterintelligence Award”

Pictured (left to right): Jeff Miller, Chief Security Officer- Aerospace; Dave Cote, Executive Chairman of the Board; Dan Payne, Director, Defense Security Service; Alex Georgiades, Manager, CI & Insider Threat Operations; Kai Hanson, Director, Global Industrial Security; Shaun Marion, VP Chief Security Officer – Honeywell


Honeywell has also made investments in Foreign Travel Risk Management with a new visual management system and pre-trip security awareness.  We also have invested in product risk management by developing our internal technical capability and leveraging technologies such as Salesforce.com, SAP, and Splunk.

Through our forward-looking initiatives and our CI & Insider Threat Operations team, Honeywell has bolstered its partnerships and sharing with both industry and government. “This level of cooperation with DSS and the FBI has propelled us to new levels of counterintelligence success,” Cote added.

Cote also acknowledged the dedication and drive of the Honeywell team.  “At Honeywell, we encourage employees to speak up when they think something is wrong. This award is a testament to their efforts,” he said.

The Excellence in Counterintelligence Award was established in 2010 to recognize contractors that achieve extraordinary results enhancing national security by helping to thwart foreign-directed theft of U.S. technology.  

Victoria Streitfeld

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