Washington, November 16 - Three federal government officials, including a U.S. senator, have won the 2010 National Cyber Security Leadership Award presented by the SANS Institute to honor persons who significantly improve the effectiveness of the nation's cyber security.
The 2010 award recognizes the three leaders for (1) uncovering more than $300 million each year in wasted federal spending on ineffective certification and accreditation reporting, and (2) developing and demonstrating an alternative approach called "continuous monitoring" that provides more effective security for federal systems at lower costs. The officials also played a key role in changing federal policy to ensure that government agencies can rapidly implement the improvements. The impact of continuous monitoring reaches beyond federal agencies--more than 100 state agencies and commercial organizations have taken steps to implement continuous monitoring, as well.
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 Tuesday at the Washington Convention Center during the keynote session of the 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. Past winners include:
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