In government, we could call it the Grammy type of award – it’s the Federal Computer Week Fed100 Award, one of the most prestigious and competitive recognitions in the government IT industry, organized by Federal Computer Week, one of the most important government IT publications in the U.S.
And Cisco’s vice president and chief security officer John N. Stewart, together with three Cisco-nominated government customers — LTG Jeffery Sorenson from the U.S. Army, Colonel Robert J. Skinner from the U.S. Air Force, and Chris Kemp from NASA Ames Research Center — are among the select group of individuals recognized for their “significant contributions to the federal information technology community” in 2009.
Winners are recognized for their vision, passion, risk-taking and pioneering spirit that has impacted and transformed federal IT. They are honored for their efforts in affecting change, progress and efficiency in determining how the federal government acquires, develops and manages IT.
John Stewart serves as vice president and chief security officer, and is considered the leading cybersecurity expert for Cisco. He and his team of 250 provide leadership and direction to corporate security and government organizations by developing and sharing security practices, policies and processes in support of Cisco’s $35 billion business.
LTG Sorenson is the U.S. Army Staff’s CIO/G-6 responsible for a $10 billion annual IT budget and implementing the agency’s vision to ensure Army and mission partners have the right information at the right time and place.
Colonel Skinner commands the nation’s newest Information Operations Wing (IOW), the 688th IOW of the US Air Force (USAF). He is responsible for the delivery of proven information operations capabilities integrated across air, space and cyberspace domains. He leads 1,200 professionals that develop training, exercises and testing Information.
Chris Kemp is responsible for the IT infrastructure at NASA Ames Research Centers, and oversees several NASA-wide services such as the NASA Security Operations Center. Kemp manages the information technology resources supporting the entirety of NASA Ames to progress its mission on the exploration of space.
Chosen by a select panel of government and industry leaders, this year’s winners include 30 individuals from industry and 70 individuals from the federal government — 42 in civilian agencies and 28 in the defense sector. There are 78 men and 22 women.
For a full list of winners, click here.
Congratulations to all the winners!