Awards Recognize Best in Federal Cybersecurity

By Brittany Ballenstedt

October 30, 2013

Achievements by federal employees and contractors working in the cybersecurity field were honored Tuesday evening as part of the 2013 Government Information Security Leadership Awards.

The annual awards program, run by consulting firm (ISC)2, recognizes individuals and teams whose initiatives have improved the security posture in their agency or across government or enhanced the information security workforce.

Ron Ross, senior fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, received the inaugural Lynn F. McNulty Tribute GISLA for his leadership of the Federal Information Security Management Act implementation. Ross also serves as the principle architect of the NIST Risk Management Framework and supports the State Department in an international outreach program for information security and critical infrastructure protection.

The McNulty award was created in 2012 in honor of cybersecurity pioneer Lynn F. McNulty, who died in June 2012. McNulty served in several high-profile roles throughout his career, including associate director for computer security at NIST and was the first information systems security director at the State Department. The award recognizes a member of the federal cybersecurity community who upholds McNulty’s legacy as a visionary and innovator through outstanding service and commitment.

“Dr. Ross has played a key role in establishing cybersecurity requirements for federal agencies for decades,” said W. Hord Tipton, executive director of (ISC)2 and former chief information officer at the Interior Department. “By honoring Ron with this designation, we are ensuring that Lynn’s legacy of influence and commitment to government information security is recognized for years to come.”

This year’s awards also recognized individuals and teams in five distinct categories:


By Brittany Ballenstedt

October 30, 2013

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