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Ron Ross

Ron Ross


Session Name: DevSecOps: Changing the Trajectory of Cybersecurity

DevSecOps is more than just a buzzword. It has the potential to fundamentally change the trajectory of cybersecurity and impact security solutions for decades to come. From defining security requirements to producing valuable testing and evaluation results for consumers as part of an agile life cycle development approach, DevSecOps can drive innovation and protection concepts at the speed of commercial industry.

Speaker Bio:

Ron Ross is a Fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. His focus areas include computer security, systems security engineering, and risk management. Dr. Ross leads the Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA) Implementation Project and Systems Security Engineering Project, which includes the development of security and privacy standards and guidelines for the federal government, contractors, and United States critical infrastructure. He also leads the Joint Task Force, an interagency group that includes the Department of Defense, Office of the Director National Intelligence, U.S. Intelligence Community, and the Committee on National Security Systems, with responsibility for developing a Unified Information Security Framework for the federal government and its contractors. Dr. Ross previously served as the Director of the National Information Assurance Partnership, a joint activity of NIST and the National Security Agency. He also supports the U.S. State Department in the international outreach program for cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection. During his twenty-year military career, Dr. Ross served as a White House aide and senior technical advisor to the Department of the Army. Dr. Ross has lectured at many universities and colleges including Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dartmouth College, Pepperdine University, Naval Postgraduate School, Ohio State University, Auburn University, and Hood College. He also gave the Commencement address at George Washington University (School of Engineering).
Dr. Ross has authored or coauthored many publications on risk management, cybersecurity, systems security engineering, and cyber resiliency. He has also been recognized three-times as one of the Top 10 Influencers in Government IT Security and is a five-time recipient of the Federal 100 award for his leadership and technical contributions to cybersecurity projects affecting the federal government. Dr. Ross has been inducted into the National Cyber Security Hall of Fame, selected as an (ISC)2 Fellow, and inducted into the Information Systems Security Association Hall of Fame receiving its highest honor of Distinguished Fellow. Dr. Ross holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He also holds both Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the United States Naval Postgraduate School specializing in artificial intelligence and robotics.