Federal 100: Kimberly K. Watson

Kimberly K. Watson
Technical Leader of the Vulnerability Analysis and Operations Group
Information Assurance Directorate
National Security Agency

It’s not easy for someone to stand out at the super-smart NSA, but Kimberly Watson manages to do it — and, in the process, makes good cybersecurity practices a realistic goal for agencies.

Last year, she collaborated with the State Department, National Institute of Standards and Technology, and Homeland Security Department to create a framework for making decisions about risk that integrates reporting on compliance mandates, validation of security controls and continuous-monitoring risk-scoring programs. The approach will facilitate governmentwide adoption of a comprehensive risk management tool.

She also developed a scoring tool for security mandates and metrics for critical security controls. Watson’s efforts are redefining how agencies secure their systems and enhancing the effectiveness of their security spending.

Read more about the 2011 Federal 100 award winners.

About the Author

Brian Robinson is a freelance writer based in Portland, Ore.

Featured

  • Defense
    Ryan D. McCarthy being sworn in as Army Secretary Oct. 10, 2019. (Photo credit: Sgt. Dana Clarke/U.S. Army)

    Army wants to spend nearly $1B on cloud, data by 2025

    Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said lack of funding or a potential delay in the JEDI cloud bid "strikes to the heart of our concern."

  • Congress
    Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) at the Hack the Capitol conference Sept. 20, 2018

    Jim Langevin's view from the Hill

    As chairman of of the Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committe and a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, Rhode Island Democrat Jim Langevin is one of the most influential voices on cybersecurity in Congress.

Stay Connected

FCW INSIDER

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.