Federal Cybersecurity Champions Honored

From: InformationWeek/Government

National Institute of Standards and Technology senior scientist Ron Ross honored for creating risk management framework.

Patience Wait

The federal cybersecurity community on Tuesday honored some of this year’s outstanding achievers who have helped improve computer security in the government, including one of its own for his work establishing cybersecurity requirements for federal agencies.

(ISC)2, the not-for-profit organization for information security, awarded Dr. Ronald Ross, senior fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the inaugural Lynn F. McNulty Tribute Award at its annual Government Information Security Leadership Award gala. Ross received the award for his visionary work in leading the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) implementation project and serving as principal architect of the NIST Risk Management Framework.

“Ron’s insight and leadership in producing a library of guidance publications over the past decade has greatly contributed to the advancement of information security in government and around the world,” said Peter Gouldmann, director of information risk programs, Office of Information Assurance at the State Department. “His highly collaborative approach, incorporating government and industry, has resulted in products that are being adopted and adapted for use on national security systems, transcending the unclassified and classified systems landscape.”

Judges drawn from the group’s U.S. Government Advisory Board for Cyber Security made awards in several categories.

The Mobile Technology Tiger Team, composed of 43 members across a number of agencies and led by the Department of Homeland Security’s Roger Seeholzer, security architect, was recognized for its development of a common criterion for mobile computing programs. The team gained approval for the Federal Mobile Security Baseline and Mobile Computing Decision Framework to be distributed government-wide, saving agencies money and advancing the DHS’s effort to enable safe and secure delivery of digital information and services.

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