2016 Rising Star Awards

Teresa Raye Proctor

IT Specialist, Department of Homeland Security

Teresa Proctor

Teresa Proctor spent a couple of years as a federal contractor to the Department of Homeland Security and then applied for federal employment. In both capacities, she has been instrumental in helping DHS gain greater insight into — and mitigate — cybersecurity risks.

She provides expertise and leadership for the team that ensures that information security programs and systems for DHS headquarters and all component agencies meet federal compliance standards and reporting requirements.

She has been the chief point of contact for internal and external reporting activities under the Federal Information Security Management Act, which includes quarterly and annual reports to Congress and responses to Government Accountability Office and DHS inspector general audit requests.

Meet the rest of the Rising Stars

2016 Rising Stars
Click here for profiles of all the 2016 winners.

In addition, Proctor played a key role in the initiative that developed a program to consolidate data from disparate scanning tools, allow analysis of the data for potential risks and provide actionable feedback so that system and asset owners can address vulnerabilities. When no commercial tool was available, she met the challenge by successfully building an innovative application that consolidates and normalizes all the continuous monitoring data from sources throughout the department.

She also developed an internal FISMA scorecard, which has enabled better decision-making at almost every level of leadership. Her efforts have become essential to the department meeting its FISMA goals. And she generously shared her expertise by spending several months as a detailee helping the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services enhance its FISMA compliance program.

 

About the Author

Aisha Chowdhry is a former staff writer for FCW.


Featured

  • Cybersecurity

    DHS floats 'collective defense' model for cybersecurity

    Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen wants her department to have a more direct role in defending the private sector and critical infrastructure entities from cyberthreats.

  • Defense
    Defense Secretary James Mattis testifies at an April 12 hearing of the House Armed Services Committee.

    Mattis: Cloud deal not tailored for Amazon

    On Capitol Hill, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis sought to quell "rumors" that the Pentagon's planned single-award cloud acquisition was designed with Amazon Web Services in mind.

  • Census
    shutterstock image

    2020 Census to include citizenship question

    The Department of Commerce is breaking with recent practice and restoring a question about respondent citizenship last used in 1950, despite being urged not to by former Census directors and outside experts.

Stay Connected

FCW Update

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.