[ISN] DOE Taps PNNL CIO To Improve Security

http://www.informationweek.com/government/security/doe-taps-pnnl-cio-to-improve-security/240145570 By John Foley InformationWeek January 04, 2013 The U.S. Department of Energy is looking to bolster its cybersecurity readiness with the appointment of Jerry Johnson, CIO of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for the past eight years, as a senior policy and technical adviser. Johnson had first-hand experience with one of the federal government’s most serious cyber attacks. In 2011, he oversaw PNNL’s response to a dual-pronged cyber attack that was likely part of a broader attack against government agencies and private-sector companies. The lab disconnected its network, conducted a forensics investigation and re-imaged its systems before going back online. Some security experts surmised that the broader espionage campaign, dubbed Operation Shady Rat, originated in China. Johnson publicly shared the lab’s experience and lessons learned to help others prevent, and if necessary respond to, such attacks. At the Department of Energy, Johnson will work with CIO Bob Brese and his deputy CIOs to develop a cybersecurity strategy that spans the agency’s disparate operations, which include 21 national labs and technology centers and four electric power authorities. Those largely independent organizations have their own cyber defenses and action plans. “This will be an umbrella strategy,” Johnson said. […] ______________________________________________ Visit the InfoSec News Security Bookstore Best Selling Security Books and More! http://www.shopinfosecnews.org



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