U.S. Department of State Deputy Chief Information Officer Recognized for 2010 National Cyber Security Leadership Award

Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
November 16, 2010

The System Administration, Audit, Network, and Security Institute (SANS) Institute announces that Deputy Chief Information Officer, John Streufert, along with U.S. Senator Thomas Carper of Delaware and Vivek Kundra, U.S. Chief Information Officer, have won the 2010 National Cyber Security Leadership Award to honor persons who significantly improve the effectiveness of the nation’s cyber security.

The 2010 award recognizes these leaders for identifying more than $300 million each year in wasted federal spending on ineffective certification and accreditation reporting. They developed “continuous monitoring” of deployed computer systems which provides more effective security for federal systems at lower costs. Their work changed federal policy, ensuring that government agencies can rapidly implement the system. The impact of continuous monitoring reaches beyond the federal sector because more than 100 state agencies and commercial organizations have taken steps to implement continuous monitoring.

The National Cyber Security Leadership Award is the most prestigious of all cyber security awards because it recognizes transformational changes that have a sweeping impact on a range of public and private sector entities and on millions of users. The 2010 award was presented today at the Washington Convention Center during the keynote session of the 1105 Media 2010 Security Conference.

Awardees are selected by the faculty and 120,000 alumni of the SANS Institute and by experts from the Internet Storm Center.

PRN: 2010/1647