Leaders commended for contributions to info security
DHS' Bruce McConnell recognizes top talent in key government sector
- By Amber Corrin
- Oct 13, 2009
Four persons have been recognized for their leadership in federal information security at the sixth annual 2009 Government Information Security Leadership Awards, presented by (ISC)2, a not-for-profit association that certifies information security professionals.
Honorees at the 2009 Government Information Security Leadership Awards, held Oct. 7 in Washington, included current and former military service members and civilian professionals who have careers in information technology and security at the national level.
The winners were: Bobby Akins, a network integrator with the 561st Network Operations Squadron at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.; Erin Finkes, branch chief for executive management and support services for the Defense Contract Management Agency; Stanley Joseph Jarzombek Jr., director of software assurance at the Homeland Security Department's National Cyber Security Division; and Margaret Spanninger, leader of the Security Awareness, Training and Professional Development Services at Booz Allen Hamilton.
“Finally, the IT people have a sexy mission!” said keynote speaker Bruce McConnell, DHS cybersecurity counselor.
McConnell said as part of cybersecurity, information security is a “shared responsibility” and it is increasingly vulnerable as government IT progresses.
“We need processes that run at the speed of the threat,” McConnell said. “We need [policy] based not on religion and anecdote, but on metrics and science. These people are the most important part of this. We need these people to help create a safe workplace and world.”
The full list of nominees can be found here.
Amber Corrin is a former staff writer for FCW and Defense Systems.