2018 Fed 100

Federal 100: Michael Powers

Name: Michael Powers
Title: IT Security Manager
Agency: NASA

Space agency cyber czar. When agencies were directed to shore up their cybersecurity in the wake of the Office of Personnel Management breach, NASA officials knew their bevy of public-facing websites would be a particular challenge. But thanks to Powers, the agency was able to achieve the highest compliance rate in government: More than 99 percent of its 3,000-plus live websites are now using HTTPS. The agency also decommissioned 1,000 sites that were no longer needed. "We basically locked the doors and windows so they can't get in," Powers said. "Securing the federal government's websites from various attackers is very gratifying."

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