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GSA's veteran CISO retires

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Kurt Garbars, who served as the General Service Administration's chief information security officer for almost 20 years, retired and relocated to Australia's southern coast.

According to his LinkedIn page, Garbars' last day at the agency was June 30.

Garbars said he moved to Adelaide in the state of South Australia to pursue a master's degree in winemaking. His retirement was first reported by FedScoop.

During his 17 years as GSA CISO, Garbars created the Lightweight Authority to Operate process aimed at making compliance and reporting requirements more agile, but still backed by tangible security.

A GSA official confirmed to FCW that Bo Berlas, who had been director of security, has stepped in as acting CISO.

Berlas is also a long-time GSA security official, steeped in creating secure processes for the agency. In 2012, when he was a senior IT security specialist at GSA, he received a Fed 100 award for his work on shepherding analysis and accreditation processes for the agency's infrastructure-as-a-service contract.

About the Author

Mark Rockwell is a senior staff writer at FCW, whose beat focuses on acquisition, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.

Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, tele.com magazine and Wireless Week.

Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.

Click here for previous articles by Rockwell. Contact him at mrockwell@fcw.com or follow him on Twitter at @MRockwell4.


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