Software Engineering Institute CERT's Richard D. Pethia Receives CSO Compass Award

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Software Engineering Institute CERT's  Richard D. Pethia
Receives CSO Compass Award


Pittsburgh, PA, February 10, 2009 – Richard D. Pethia, director of the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute (SEI) CERT Program has been named a recipient of the 2009 CSO Compass Award sponsored by CSO Magazine. The CSO Compass Award recognizes individuals for their leadership and ability to execute security strategy while bringing business value.

This prestigious honor is bestowed upon six honorees in 2009 who demonstrate excellence, achievement and leadership in security and drive business value for their organizations. Pethia will accept his award at the CSO Compass awards ceremony held on March 2, 2009, at Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort in Clearwater, Florida during CSO magazine’s CSO Perspectives Conference.

"The CSO Compass Award honorees have influenced the security industry and their organizations through their leadership and insight. As the security profession evolves, this group of honorees showcases the continuous value of security," says Derek Slater, CSO editor in chief.

Paul Nielsen, CEO and Director of the SEI, says that "Rich, by his personal efforts, leadership, guidance, and international influence, has yielded significant contributions to the global security community. His influence over the past 20 years has significantly improved the way that individuals and organizations solve today’s security challenges."

Pethia has led CERT with a specific vision: a securely connected world. He guided CERT to consistently pursue three goals: build better people, better systems, and better systems management. His organization has pursued those goals by identifying new technologies, development practices, and management practices that have significantly improved network systems security and survivability.

"It is an honor to be recognized by CSO Magazine and to join such an illustrious class of security professionals," said Pethia. "I believe that computer and network security has come a long way, and I credit my colleagues and team at SEI CERT who have helped to make security a priority in organizations worldwide."

When the Morris worm was released in November 1988, the Internet consisted of some 60,000 interconnected computers supporting the military and research community. The United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) realized that the nation required a team of security experts who could organize and lead any future efforts to coordinate response for a network that had no central authority. The original CERT Coordination Center was established at the SEI to tackle security problems.

Under Pethia's leadership, CERT has grown from a coordination center to a robust program that has helped to establish the global Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST), the creation of more than 200 computer security incident response teams, and instruction on security best practices in more than 20 countries and virtual training environments accessible throughout the world. His team has paved the way for CERT to take an active role in leading research and development that is standard practice within Chief Security Officer and Chief Information Officer Departments.

He has testified to the U.S. Congress on several occasions regarding better legal protections for security and privacy. He has been cited in news outlets like the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post

About CSO
CSO produces award-winning information and community resources for security executives leading business risk management efforts within their enterprises, as well as create opportunities for security marketers to reach them. Launched in 2002 the CSO portfolio includes CSOonline.com, CSO magazine and CSO Executive Programs. The properties provide chief security officers (CSOs) in the public and private sectors with analysis and insight on security trends and a keen understanding of how to develop and implement successful strategies to secure all business assets— from people to information and financial value to physical infrastructure. The U.S. edition of the website and magazine are the recipients of 100 awards to date, including two American Society of Business Publication Editor’s Magazine of the Year awards as well as twenty Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Awards. Licensed editions of CSO web sites and magazines are published in Australia, Italy and Sweden. CSO Executive Programs—a series of face-to-face conferences including CSO Perspectives, Digital ID World and one day regional seminars—feature speakers from the national stage and the CSO community—offering educational and networking opportunities for pre-qualified corporate and government security executives. To assist CSOs in educating their organizations’ employees on corporate and personal security practices, CSO also produces the quarterly newsletter, Security Smart. CSO, and sister brand CIO, are produced by CXO Media, a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world’s leading technology media, research and event company. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com.

About the Software Engineering Institute and the CERT Program
The Software Engineering Institute (SEI) is a U.S. Department of Defense federally funded research and development center operated by Carnegie Mellon University. The SEI helps organizations make measured improvements in their software engineering capabilities by providing technical leadership to advance the practice of software engineering. The CERT Program serves as a center of enterprise and network security research, analysis, and training within the SEI. For more information, visit the CERT website at http://www.cert.org and the SEI website at http://www.sei.cmu.edu.

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