SOURCE: Symantec


June 22, 2010 14:00 ET

Symantec Honors 2010 Cyber 7 Award Winners at Symantec Government Symposium

Awards Recognize Seven Individuals Who Exemplify Excellence in Government Cyber Security

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - June 22, 2010) -  Symantec Government Symposium -- Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC) today announced the 2010 Cyber 7 Awards winners at Symantec Government Symposium 2010, a one-day annual event devoted to the public sector and its partners. The Cyber 7 Awards recognize seven individuals who exemplify excellence in government cyber security through their contributions to cyber security programs that protect our nation's data and systems. The awards also recognize thought leaders who have developed and implemented innovative strategies or programs to address government cyber security challenges.

Winners were selected based on their display of strong leadership skills, their innovative approaches and willingness to go "above and beyond" daily responsibilities to make a difference in government cyber security. Nominees had to be currently employed by either the U. S. government -- at the federal, state or local level -- or an educational institution. Judging was performed by a panel of their peers who serve on Symantec's Government Symposium Advisory Panel.

2010 Cyber 7 Award Winners:

  • Trent Carpenter, Chief Information Security Officer, State of Michigan: Trent Carpenter manages Michigan's entire information security program, is a member of the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) and is an active leader and board member of Michigan InfraGard, a technology security organization that functions as a vital a collaborative partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and public/private sector IT security leaders. He also sits on the Michigan Information Privacy Protection Council, formed by Executive Order to address data privacy issues in government, and serves on NASCIO's Security & Privacy Committee.

  • Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del, U.S. Senate: Sen. Carper serves on the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee and is chair of the subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security -- a critical subcommittee to the policy discussions surrounding cyber security and the panel that provides oversight on federal government information security matters. The Cyber 7 Award recognizes him today for his sponsorship of the update on the Federal Information Security and Management Act, known as FISMA.

  • Michael Dent, Chief Information Security Officer, Fairfax County Government: Michael Dent has been essential to Fairfax County's IT leadership and national recognition as a premier local government example of how technology plays a key role in a successful citizen-centric government. The Cyber 7 Award recognizes him today for directing the development and enforcement of county-wide information security policies, standards, procedures, and guidelines that are a model for local governments across the nation.

  • William Pelgrin, Director, New York State Office of Cyber Security and Critical Infrastructure Coordination and Chair, Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC): William Pelgrin leads New York state's efforts regarding cyber readiness and resilience, and geographic information technologies, especially in emergencies, where CSCIC is the single point of contact. He chairs a cyber security workgroup comprising representatives from the public and private sectors, working collaboratively to enhance cyber security for the collective benefit of all. He also established the MS-ISAC in 2003 in recognition of the need for collaboration across states to better prevent, detect, respond to and recover from cyber incidents. The MS-ISAC has representation from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as local governments and U.S. Territories and serves as a central cyber security resource for state/local/territorial governments.

  • Doug Jacobson, Professor and Director of ISU Information Assurance Center, Iowa State University: Doug Jacobson is the founder of the Iowa State University Information Assurance Center (IAC), which was designated by the National Security Agency as one of the first seven NSA Centers of Excellence in Information Assurance Education. With an emphasis on national, collaborative efforts in computer security research, education and outreach, the center is helping to address the national concern for producing more Information Assurance professionals and for advancing the state of the art. Dr. Jacobson is being honored for his efforts as a pioneer in developing new, important, and impactful security educational programs at all levels.

  • Chuck McGann, Corporate Information Security Officer, U.S. Postal Service: Chuck McGann is the pioneer behind an aggressively innovative approach to securing the United States Postal Service's infrastructure -- which is one of the largest in the world with more than 600,000 employees and the largest intranet in the world -- interacting with both his fellow executives as well as Postal workers and business partners around the country. This Cyber 7 Award applauds his efforts to protect the U.S. Postal Service's most valuable assets both internally and externally and for his leadership in promoting cyber security initiatives within federal government.

  • Ron Ross, Senior Computer Scientist, National Institute of Standards and Technology: Ron Ross has served as the principal architect of the NIST Risk Management Framework that provides a disciplined and structured methodology for integrating the suite of FISMA security standards and guidelines into a comprehensive enterprise-wide information security program. He leads the Joint Task Force Transformation Initiative Working Group, a joint partnership with NIST, the Department of Defense, the Intelligence Community, and the Committee on National Security Systems to develop a unified information security framework for the Federal government.

"Our public servants in government IT security and management are on the front lines, protecting our critical data infrastructures. Symantec is honored to recognize these individuals' perseverance, dedication and innovation through the 2010 Cyber 7 Awards," said Gigi Schumm, vice president and general manager for Symantec Public Sector.

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