The Cyber 4 Awards recognize four leaders who exemplify excellence in government cybersecurity through their contributions to programs that address cybersecurity challenges and protect U.S. data and systems.
Winners were selected based on their strong leadership, innovative approaches and willingness to go “above and beyond” to make a difference in federal cybersecurity. The awards recognize one winner in each of four categories: U.S. Congress/Capitol Hill; Federal – Civilian; Federal – Department of Defense; and State and Local.
The 2011 Cyber 4 Award winners include:
U.S. Congress/Capitol Hill: Congressman Michael McCaul (R-Texas), U.S. House of Representatives, recognized “as one of today’s leading cybersecurity advocates in the U.S. Congress.”
Federal – Civilian: Dion Herbert, deputy, Bureau of Diplomatic Security, Office of Computer Security, Enterprise Security Services, State Department, recognized for “his leadership in spurring cross-organizational discussion and real change, as well as for his role in the department’s recent data loss prevention initiative – for which he served as the central point of management, bringing five disparate groups together to determine how they can leverage technology to improve the agency’s security posture.”
Federal – Department of Defense: Tony Sager, chief, Information Assurance Directorate’s Vulnerability Analysis & Operations Group, National Security Agency, recognized “for championing critical security automation standards and serving as a key liaison between industry and government agencies to develop consensus on standards and protocols.”
State and Local: Alex Pettit, CIO, Office of State Finance Information Services Division, State of Oklahoma, recognized “for his focus on driving security and IT processes standardization across the state of Oklahoma, as well as for his dedication to disaster recovery planning, crisis leadership and emergency operations.”
“Our congressional leaders and public servants in government IT security and management are on the front lines, shaping important policy and protecting our critical data infrastructures,” said GiGi Schumm, vice president and general manager for Symantec Public Sector. “Symantec – along with our platinum sponsors, General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems and HP – is honored to recognize these individuals’ leadership, dedication, and innovation through the 2011 Cyber 4 Awards.”