NRC cybersecurity exec steps down

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s chief information security officer, Pat Howard, will be stepping down from his post as of April 7, he said in an interview with Federal Computer Week.

Howard, who has been in the job at NRC since 2008, is retiring from government and will take a private sector position based outside of Denver.

“I’m retirement-eligible and have been for a couple years,” he said. “I’ve found an opportunity to relocate to Colorado, which is a place my wife and I have been wanting to settle in for quite a long time – so this gives me an avenue to do that. It was an opportunity I couldn’t say no to.”

Howard said he is taking a job with SecureInfo, a subsidiary of Kratos Defense, on a contract in support of the National Science Foundation.

“I’ll be continuing to do work as a CISO, but in a different location, in a different capacity, for a different client,” he said.

Howard said that recently he has focused his efforts at NRC on implementing internal cybersecurity measures. For example, he developed an enterprise cybersecurity program and worked with his staff to establish standards, provide training, ensure compliance and maintain visibility of the agency’s IT systems.

He also has been working on NRC compliance with guidance from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, as well as meeting agency-specific requirements, he said.

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Amber Corrin is a former staff writer for FCW and Defense Systems.

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