The National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Ron Ross has received the 2010 Federal 100 Award. Presented by Federal Computer Week, the award honors the top professionals in the federal information technology community. This is the third time he has been named to the list.
A select panel of government and industry leaders chooses the Federal 100 winners from nominations from the public and private sector.
Ross is a senior computer scientist and information security researcher at NIST. He manages the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) Implementation Project, which includes the development of key security standards and guidelines for the federal government and support contractors. These standards and guidelines have been widely adopted nationally and internationally. Ross is also the principal architect of the NIST Risk Management Framework, which provides a disciplined and structured methodology for integrating the suite of security standards and guidelines into a comprehensive, risk-based, enterprise-wide information security program. One of the most significant characteristics of the framework is that it helps organizations to adopt continuous monitoring practices, which allow organizations to dynamically assess their current security posture and react quickly and effectively against new threats and vulnerabilities. The framework has fundamentally changed how agencies protect their information and information systems.
In addition to these responsibilities, Ross leads the Joint Task Force Transformation Initiative Working Group, a joint partnership with NIST, the Department of Defense, and the Intelligence Community to develop a unified information security framework for the federal government and its support contractors.
"Ross has provided extraordinary research and technical leadership in the field of information security and the unification of information security concept and practices in the federal government," says Matthew Scholl, manager of NIST's Security Management and Assurance Group.
For more information on NIST Agency Security Standards and Guidelines, see http://csrc.nist.gov/groups/SMA/fisma/index.html; for a listing of other Federal 100 winners, see http://fcw.com/pages/2010-federal-100-list.aspx.