This paper builds on the need for earlier and earlier consideration of cybersecurity risks in the information systems life cycle by focusing on how cybersecurity threats apply to project execution, and whether the project manager should become more cyber-aware. Recent high-profile cases and decisions by the United States Department of Defense (US DoD) support early identification and analysis of cyber security risks. While the authors found no current academic research linking cybersecurity risks and project management, they did find a link between cybersecurity and information technology supply chain management. The paper makes the case for early cybersecurity risk management, and suggests that project managers broaden their awareness of cybersecurity risks. Future directions in the examination of early cybersecurity risks in projects are explored.