Paul Decker, president of defense and intelligence for Parsons Corporation, was featured recently in an Executive Spotlight interview with the Potomac Officers Club. Decker is a cybersecurity industry veteran with extensive experience in the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community sectors. Reflecting on his past four years (and counting) with Parsons, Decker shared his thoughts on his personal leadership style, federal process improvements and tech innovations.
In this excerpt from the interview, Decker underscores the importance of responsibility in the adoption of new, advanced technologies, as developments in this area continue to accelerate:
“As leaders, we can’t forget about our corporate responsibility and our moral compass as we navigate through the explosive growth of emerging technologies. A lot of technologies offer great benefits, but we also need to ensure they are used responsibly and that we are prudent about possible malicious exploitation of these technologies. We must understand the full array of effects and consequences and manage risks appropriately. Security and responsibility must be the underpinning facets of innovation.
We also have to consider the ripple effect of changes that may come from a new innovation. We may create a new ‘latest and greatest,’ but then we need to make sure everything else can integrate and be compatible with the latest and greatest. It is not just the initial innovation that costs money and impacts our lives, it’s also everything that directly interacts with that innovation.”