NASA hires cyber mainstay as CISO

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Jeanette Hanna-Ruiz is NASA’s new CISO. (NASA)

NASA named Jeanette Hanna-Ruiz its new chief information security officer Tuesday.

NASA CIO Renee Wynn selected Hanna-Ruiz to officially begin on Aug. 8 after spending 20 years in public sector information security positions, according to an official release Tuesday.

Hanna-Ruiz helped write the Cyberspace Policy Review that outlined the country’s cyber strategy when President Barack Obama took office in 2009. She also worked at the Department of Homeland Security-National Security Agency Joint Cyber Coordination Group, and helped develop the DHS’ cyber missions and capabilities.

In 2012, Hanna-Ruiz joined Microsoft, where she served as a senior leader in services businesses and was the public sector civilian lead for cybersecurity.

More recently, Hanna-Ruiz has traveled from January to May on a “mindfulness and meditation journey” that had her walking more than 800 miles in 100 days, and living with monks and nuns throughout France, Nepal, Thailand and other places.

NASA received an F in May on a Government Accountability Office-issued FITARA scorecard, which compiled scores based on agencies’ achievements in four categories: data center consolidation, IT portfolio review savings, incremental development and risk assessment transparency.

NASA is also working on a proposal called Gryphon X, which could be used to stimulate more research and development for cybersecurity within its grasp.

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