AMC employees win a U.S. Government Information Security Leadership Award
October 31, 2013
REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- The U.S. Army Materiel Command was announced as a recipient of the U.S. Government Information Security Leadership Award in the community awareness category Oct 29.
(ISC)² (ISC-squared), the world's largest information security professional body, made the announcement during the 10th annual GISLA Gala in Arlington, Va. AMC employees Wendy Huskey, deputy information assurance program manager and team leader; Minnette Ligon, information assurance manager; Steven Phillips, contractor team lead; Jack Huskey, Information Assurance subject matter expert; and Chrystal Hicks, information assurance analyst submitted their community awareness project called Task Force Cyber.
In support of the National Cyber Security Awareness Month, the Task Force Cyber goal was to educate and encourage users to pay more attention to their actions in cyberspace from the eyes of a potential adversary.
"How do you protect the information once the employee walks out the door?," asked Wendy Huskey. "That was the question we thought needed to be answered so our training material had to have the objective to identify risks employees face both professionally and personally, and to take appropriate actions to protect themselves, their families, and the operational mission."
To keep AMC employees apprised and to build awareness of cyber related topics, a "Cyber Daily News" newsletter is compiled each morning of the standard workweek with cybersecurity and computing news.
The distribution includes AMC staff and recipients from the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps, and the U.S. Army.
The team also orchestrated the production of two videos. "The Cyber Zone," officially released October 2012, is an instructive video about cybersecurity threats, vulnerabilities, and adverse consequences of social media. The second, "Are You Informed?," was released in July and focused on the protection of personally identifiable information.
The videos were promoted to internal and external audiences, at no cost to the government by utilizing assets already in the command to screenwrite, produce, act, and complete voiceovers.
"The team's dedication and compassion for information security is forever enduring and unyielding and I'm honored to work with such a knowledgeable, committed, and accomplished team of individuals," said Wendy.
A judging committee of senior information security experts from (ISC)²'s U.S. Government Advisory Board for Cyber Security (GABCS) and industry assessed individual and team achievements of a select group of nominees and awarded GISLAs in five distinct categories.