Vytautas Butrimas

Research and Lessons Learned Division

Vytautas Butrimas has been working in information technology and security policy for over 30 years starting from his work as a computer specialist for Prince William County Government in Virginia, to his work on information society development as Vice Minister at the Ministry of Communications and Informatics, Republic of Lithuania. In 1998 he moved on to the Ministry of National Defense (MoND) as Policy and Planning Director where he chaired a task force which prepared Lithuania’s first National Military Defense Strategy. From 2001 to 2011 Mr. Butrimas worked as Deputy Director responsible for IT security at the Communications and Information System Service (CISS) under the MoND. In 2009 he chaired task forces which prepared the first MoND Cyber Defense Strategy and Implementation Plan. In 2007 (and again in 2012) the President of the Republic of Lithuania appointed him to the National Communications Regulatory Authority Council (RRT-Council). He served as Chief Adviser for the MoND of Lithuania with a focus on cyber security policy from 2011-2015 and served on a national task force that wrote the Lithuanian Law on Cybersecurity passed in 2014. In November of 2016 he was delegated by the Minister of National Defense to work as Cybersecurity Subject Matter Expert for the NATO Energy Security Center of Excellence (NATO ENSECCOE) in Vilnius where he completed a 2-year cyber risk study of the industrial control systems used in the NATO Central Europe Pipeline System. Mr. Butrimas has participated in NATO and National exercises that that have included cyber-attacks on critical infrastructure and creation of relevant exercise scenarios. He has also contributed to various reports on cybersecurity and critical infrastructure (for OSCE, EU ENISA, IEA, NATO and other org.), published articles and been an invited speaker at various conferences and trainings on Cyber Security and Defense policy issues. He is a member of the International Society for Automation and co-moderator of the SCADASEC list. In 2020 he was re-delegated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Lithuania to continue his service as national representative for industrial cybersecurity at the NATO ENSECCOE.