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NSA lawyer with cyber cred, former FBI CIO moves and more

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NSA's new general counsel has District, federal cyber experience

The new top lawyer for the National Security Agency has experience working cybersecurity issues for the District of Columbia and the Department of Homeland Security’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council.

Glenn Gerstell, who was sworn in Aug. 3 as NSA general counsel, served for the last two and a half years as a commissioner on the D.C. Homeland Security Commission, according to his LinkedIn biography. That commission issued a 2013 report on the state of cybersecurity at District agencies. Gerstell also spent nearly 40 years at the law firm Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP.

Gerstell’s “extensive background in managing a global law firm and the breadth of his international experience will provide a fresh perspective that will serve to benefit our mission,” NSA Director Adm. Michael Rogers said in a statement.

Former FBI CIO veteran joins IMTAS

Zalmai Azmi has taken the reins as president and chief operating officer of the IT consulting firm IMTAS, the firm announced Aug. 1.

A native of Afghanistan who served as the FBI’s CIO from 2004 to 2008 and led the bureau through an IT transformation, Azmi said he is “pleased and excited” to be taking the new role at IMTAS. Azmi has previously served as CEO of Nexus Solutions, a senior vice president at CACI and CIO for the Executive Office for United States Attorneys.

CA buying ID management firm

CA Technologies is acquiring the privileged identity management firm Xceedium, the company announced Aug. 4.

Herndon, Va.-based Xceedium provides identity-centric authentication that, deployed as a physical or virtual appliance or as an Amazon machine image, is tailored to hybrid IT environments, including several federal agencies. Xceedium’s product designations include FIPS 140-2 validation and inclusion on the DOD Unified Command Approved Products List.

The company did not release deal details, but said the move should wrap this quarter.

DOT's 2015 transportation infrastructure data now available

The 2015 National Transportation Atlas Databases are now available for download, GCN reports, providing geographic-based details for more than 500,000 miles of roadway, 610,000 bridges and 19,527 airports.

New highway crash data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is also in the mix.

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