2021 Fed 100

Federal 100: Laurence “Larry” Nichols III

 

Name: Laurence “Larry” Nichols III
Title: Digital Forensics Investigator and Cybersecurity Engineer
Organization: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Defending the labs fighting COVID-19. In 2020, data collection at ORNL rose significantly to support the lab’s work on pandemic response, which made it a target of cyberattackers. In partnership with the lab’s Cybersecurity Research Group, Nichols focused on creating new baselines, recalibrating the threat and risk environment, and protecting new endpoints as lab employees shifted to working from home and many operations moved to the cloud. His investigative work on potential incidents and ability to coordinate with outside entities proved invaluable, and his efforts ensured that research and development at the home of the world’s largest supercomputer continued uninhibited.

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