2015 Rising Star Awards

Nicholas Keshavarz-Nia

Information systems security engineer and analyst, Noblis

2015 Rising Star Awards

Nicholas Keshavarz-Nia's career is young, even for a Rising Star.

He was an intern at nonprofit Noblis while in college and joined the organization as a full-time information systems security engineer/analyst in 2014 when he graduated from the University of South Carolina's computer information systems program.

As both an intern and a full-time analyst, Keshavarz-Nia led development and deployment of the automated continuous monitoring solution called ScanCenter. He now uses the tool to support the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program as leader of FedRAMP's Continuous Monitoring Team.

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By automating processes that were once manual, ScanCenter has slashed monthly continuous monitoring analysis for nearly two dozen cloud systems from an average of eight hours to just one hour, FedRAMP's government managers said.

"I'm all for saving money and time," Keshavarz-Nia said, "and this program seems like it's doing both."

FedRAMP's streamlining of cloud authorization processes has proven critical for government, he said, adding, "This is something we've really needed for a really long time."

Monitoring ever-multiplying cybersecurity vulnerabilities is a "grueling task," Keshavarz-Nia admitted, but he is pursuing a master's degree in systems engineering at George Washington University as part of his plan to delve even deeper into the cybersecurity space.

About the Author

Zach Noble is a staff writer covering digital citizen services, workforce issues and a range of civilian federal agencies.

Before joining FCW in 2015, Noble served as assistant editor at the viral news site TheBlaze, where he wrote a mix of business, political and breaking news stories and managed weekend news coverage. He has also written for online and print publications including The Washington Free Beacon, The Santa Barbara News-Press, The Federalist and Washington Technology.

Noble is a graduate of Saint Vincent College, where he studied English, economics and mathematics.

Click here for previous articles by Noble, or connect with him on Twitter: @thezachnoble.


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