2019 Fed 100

Federal 100: James J. Quinn

 

Name: James J. Quinn
Title: Engineer
Agency: Department of Homeland Security

Thinking like the enemy. When the .Gov Cybersecurity Architecture Review program launched in 2018, officials envisioned it as a one-time review of civilian agency network vulnerabilities to determine the strategic value of individual agencies’ investments. It quickly became apparent to Quinn and others that the program had far broader applications. By incorporating threat intelligence about specific adversaries, the program can produce a holistic view of an agency’s security gaps from the eyes of the enemy. Quinn is credited as the driving force behind a method that U.S. CIO Suzette Kent has said will set the direction for federal cybersecurity efforts for years to come.

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