2017 Rising Star Awards

Christopher T. Crogan

Cyber Systems Engineer, Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division, Newport, Department of the Navy


Fresh out of college, Christopher Crogan began making his mark as a cyber systems engineer at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, R.I.

“I’m always intrigued and amazed at how Chris hits the deck running in an area that’s so important to the Navy right now — cybersecurity,” said Capt. Michael Coughlin, the center’s commanding officer. “He’s only been with us two years and just from Day One was making a positive impact, expanding the advantage.”

Crogan, who graduated from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 2015, has contributed to efforts to secure Navy systems, including the Undersea Warfare Combat Systems Department’s training programs, and assisted in a larger effort to assess the risk management framework of the Strategic Systems Program’s Information Systems Security Manager.

“Every component aboard our aircraft, ships and submarines needs to be secure,” Coughlin said. “We specialize in undersea warfare, and the work Chris performs is vital to ensure our submarine combat systems are secure and can deploy on time.”

Crogan also led efforts to implement an encryption plan for unmanned aircraft systems and is now assigned to support the Submarine Warfare Federated Tactical Systems’ technical design agent for the Navy’s Program Executive Office.  

“In the Navy, we like the work, but we also like the opportunity to make an immediate impact,” Coughlin said, adding that Crogan clearly has the ability to do that.

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About the Author

Lauren C. Williams is a staff writer at FCW covering defense and cybersecurity.

Prior to joining FCW, Williams was the tech reporter for ThinkProgress, where she covered everything from internet culture to national security issues. In past positions, Williams covered health care, politics and crime for various publications, including The Seattle Times.

Williams graduated with a master's in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park and a bachelor's in dietetics from the University of Delaware. She can be contacted at lwilliams@fcw.com, or follow her on Twitter @lalaurenista.

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