Coast Guard All Hands sends out a bravo zulu to the Coast Guard to the 2013 U.S. Coast Guard Information Technology Cyber Security Professionals of the Year! If you followed our cyber security series in October and November, you appreciate the challenges the Coast Guard faces everyday in the cyber environment and the role each of us plays in combatting that threat. This year four cyber security professionals were recognized for their devotion to duty and significant contributions to the information security mission.
Bryan Adams – Security Engineer of the Year
Adams is the Coast Guard Telecommunication and Information Systems Command’s lead security engineer responsible for the Coast Guard’s implementation of the Department of Defense mandated Host Based Security System on over 50,000 systems enabling prevention, real-time detection and rapid response to cyber attacks against the Coast Guard’s enterprise network and computing infrastructure. Adams has been a true pioneer of this relatively new and extremely complex technology. He developed an innovative redesign of the HBSS architecture to more effectively meet Coast Guard and DoD requirements by consolidating multiple ePO (e-policy) servers to a single, centrally managed console for all HBSS operations. This redesign significantly increased the Coast Guard’s overall security posture by providing HBSS coverage into the demilitarized zone, streamlining management of the overall enterprise security baseline, and enhancing our ability to respond and implement countermeasures directed by Coast Guard Cyber Command and U.S. Cyber Command.
In recognition of his overall contributions to not only the Coast Guard but the whole of the Department of Homeland Security’s cyber security efforts, Adams was also recognized as the DHS Security Engineer of the Year.
Lt. Brian Borkowski – Compliance Professional of the Year
Borkowski serves as the lead coordinator for information assurance associated with all Coast Guard C4IT (command, control, communications, computer and information technology) and C4ISR (command, control, communications, computer, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) systems obtained through major acquisition programs. In this role, he coordinates IA certifications of all newly introduced systems and platforms being delivered through various major acquisition programs. These programs include the acquisitions of the National Security Cutter, Offshore Patrol Cutter, Fast Response Cutter, the C-144A medium-range surveillance aircraft and its mission system pallet as well as the C-130J long-range surveillance aircraft with its mission support system. Additionally, Borkowski has been instrumental in supporting IA efforts associated with the introduction of emergent unmanned aircraft systems technologies, including the recently successful small unmanned aircraft systems demonstrations and assessments accomplished aboard Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Amanda Morton – Intelligence Analyst of the Year
Morton, assigned to U. S. Cyber Command’s Intelligence Directorate for the past year, has demonstrated exceptional leadership and aptitude well above her pay grade, providing intelligence support to current operations. As an intelligence specialist, she reviews data from myriad sources throughout the intelligence community and quickly synthesizes information to identify malicious activity within the broader context of world events. With the results of her analysis, she advises the USCYBERCOM Joint Operations Center Battle Watch Captain on threats to the DOD Information Network, which in turn she briefs to general and flag officers as well as the armed services cyber commands daily. Her efforts drive U. S. Cyber Command operations and the whole-of-government effort across all the military services and Department of Homeland Security to secure our nation.
Cindy Woodward – Information System Security Officer of the Year
Woodward’s many accomplishments in support of U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area are almost too numerous to list but her work supported the information security programs of all operational units in the Pacific Area commander’s area of responsibility. She supervised PACAREA’s seven subordinate unit information system security administrators and regularly volunteered her expertise to her peers and other system support personnel throughout the Coast Guard. Over the past year, she analyzed, validated and edited IA packages for, and guided security personnel at 30 shore-side units and 24 cutters in her area of responsibility. Woodward established herself as a go-to subject matter expert within the Coast Guard IA arena. She consistently provided superb advice and counsel to her peers and PACAREA field units, and originated many policy changes or updates within the IA program. Her high level of self motivation, dedication, and teamwork greatly enhanced the classified telecommunications capabilities throughout PACAREA. Woodward has moved on to a position not directly supporting the Coast Guard but we wish her the best in her new endeavor.
Congratulations to Adams, Borkowski, Morton and Woodward! While they were singled out for recognition this year, we applaud all of the personnel involved in the Coast Guard’s cyber security mission. The work they do behind-the-scenes helps make more visible operational successes possible.