John Beltz is the IT Security Manager for Communication Technology Laboratory (CTL), Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Division. He leads security specific public safety research projects and incorporates security into all aspects of PSCR research. Additionally, he ensures that adequate security controls are in place to protect the diverse PSCR demonstration network from cybersecurity threats. John’s background is in network security where his prior role was managing security teams at NIST in completing A&A activities including activities such as project management, security architecture consultation, network and web application vulnerability scanning and analysis, hands-on technical testing, and reporting results to executive authorizing officials. Prior to that, he performed similar services as a senior consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton. John is a proud veteran of the US Army where he served his country for 6 years. During his military career, he completed his Bachelor’s Degree at Hawaii Pacific University, majoring in Computer Information Systems. He also completed a Graduate Degree at Johns Hopkins University majoring in Information and Telecommunication Systems. John is a native of the Washington, DC area, but now lives in Colorado with his wife and youngt son. He enjoys playing in the Rocky Mountains and his favorite pastimes including mountain biking, backcountry skiing, and hiking.
Scott Ledgerwood's work in the Public Safety Communication Research (PSCR) Division is focused on improved usability, user interface testing, and mobile device security for first responders. He works with John Beltz and the NIST Information Security community to ensure PSCR systems are adequately secured. Prior to joining NIST in 2015, Scott worked at U.S. Customs and Border Protection under the Department of Homeland Security. He managed multiple security teams responsible for IT Security Risk Assessments, FISMA and Privacy Compliance, and Authorization and Accreditation. Scott holds a Bachelor's Degree in Applied Information Technology from George Mason University and a Master's in Business Administration from Bellevue University. Scott moved from the Washington, D.C. area to join NIST in 2015. He is thoroughly enjoying the beautiful scenery with his wife and their goldendoodle, Winston. Scott is an avid triathlete, mountain biker, and an occasional participant in the Scottish Highland Games.