2023 Rowlett Awardees Honored in Ceremony
Deputy Director of NSA’s Cybersecurity Directorate (CSD) David Luber honored the 2022 Rowlett Award recipients on behalf of NSA during a virtual ceremony on 8 November 2023.
Established in 1989, the Frank B. Rowlett Award recognizes outstanding organizational and individual excellence in the field of information systems security,” Luber said. “It provides a platform to acknowledge the amazing work being done to defend our Nation against its cyber adversaries.” In honor of the late cryptographic pioneer Frank B. Rowlett, the award continues to recognize those contributions made to the Cybersecurity discipline.
The 2022 Frank B. Rowlett Award for Individual Achievement
was given to Technical Sergeant Stephen S., Department of Air Force
. His efforts significantly enhanced the advancement of Cybersecurity for security-related areas which span across 254 sites, 7 continents, and 33 nations.
TSgt Stephen S. led 20 Airmen during a Joint Worldwide Intelligence Commination’s System threat remediation project. His team corrected 1,000 system threats and obtained a 1-year authority to operate averting a 70 million dollar classified mission failure. Moreover, he led the remodel of the Wing’s Network Intrusion Detection System infrastructure, which included an overhaul of 12 end of life devices costing 950 thousand dollars and boosted cyber threat awareness by 400 percent.
In the Organizational Achievement
category, the award was given to the 709 Cyberspace Squadron,
for their outstanding contributions to the Department of Defense’s sole Nuclear Treaty Monitoring Mission for delivering cyber operation services to the Air Force Technical Applications Center.
The Squadron’s expertise and swift action in sanitizing 1500 systems in one week versus the standard 3 week processing time was pivotal in combating the Department of Defense’s third largest cyber incident of 2022. The Unit of 180 members tackled emerging cyber threats, combed through 19,000 alerts, and created The Air Force Technical Applications Center’s first Mission Defense Team eliminating 31 exploits and safeguarding 80,000 terabytes of operational data from strategic competitors.
As you can see, we are making enormous strides against one of the toughest challenges our Nation is facing. As our cybersecurity mission continues to grow, so must our response with new talent and new technologies. We must continue to innovate and be steadfast in our mission with the same tenacity and focus as Mr. Rowlett.
Nominations for the 2023 annual Frank B. Rowlett Awards will open later in 2024.