Federal 100: Seán McGurk
- By William Jackson
- Mar 28, 2011
Director of the Control Systems Security Program
National Cyber Security Division
Homeland Security Department
Seán McGurk has become DHS' spokesman for the security of systems that control electricity generation and other critical processes.
He spoke in public and testified before Congress more than two dozen times last year to explain control systems security to technical and general audiences. He also directed DHS teams that conducted more than 50 assessments and were dispatched 13 times to investigate and help correct cyber incidents and attacks on critical infrastructure. Some of those incidents involved the Stuxnet worm, a sophisticated and targeted piece of malware that was designed to interfere with the operation of machinery at Iran’s nuclear power plants.
McGurk's in-depth knowledge and ability to explain complex technology have put him at the forefront of the investigation and public discussion of emerging cyber threats.
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William Jackson is a Maryland-based freelance writer.