Kundra, Carper and Streufert Take Home Top Cyber Honors for Work on ‘Continous Monitoring’

Vivek Kundra, Tom Carper, John Streufert; Photo: omb.gov, carper.senate.gov, state.gov

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra and State Department Chief Information Security Officer John Streufert were awarded the National Cyber Security Leadership Award by the SANS Institute.

Carper, Kundra and Streufert were selected by the information security training organization and think tank for their efforts to implement “continuous monitoring” of computer networks, which cuts back on wasteful spending on inefficient reporting, according to RTTNews.

“It’s not much of a secret around Washington circles that Carper, Kundra and Streufert have been instrumental toward stopping the billions of dollars of waste on certification and accreditation reporting required” by the Federal Information Security Act, Nextgov reported.

Alan Paller, director of research at SANS, told Nextgov the trio’s work on continuous monitoring replaced a “wasted effort” with one that provided “day-by-day, system-by-system accountability so measurement is immediately converted into action.”

Continuous monitoring is largely credited with changing federal policy by providing more security at lower cost, but it also carries implications outside the Beltway. More than 100 state agencies and private organizations have also taken steps to implement continuous monitoring, RTTNews reports.

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