Ron Ross
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Ron Ross is a Fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. His focus areas include computer security, systems security engineering, trustworthy systems, and security risk Dr. Ross has authored or coauthored many publications on risk management, cybersecurity, systems security engineering, and cyber resiliency. These include: FIPS 199 (security categorization), FIPS 200 (security requirements), SP 800-30 (risk assessments), SP 800-37 (Risk Management Framework), SP 800-39 (enterprise risk management), SP 800-53 (security and privacy controls), SP 800-53A (security control assessments), SP 800-53B (security and privacy control baselines), SP 800-128 (security configuration management), SP 800-160, V1 (systems security engineering), SP 800-160, V2 (cyber resiliency), SP 800-171 (protection of controlled unclassified information), SP 800-171A (CUI security assessments), SP 800-172 (enhanced security requirements for advanced cyber-threats), and SP 800-172A (enhanced security requirement assessments). management. Dr. Ross currently leads the NIST Systems Security Engineering Project which includes the development of standards and guidelines for the federal government, contractors, and United States critical infrastructure. He also supports the U.S. State Department in the international outreach program for cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection. Dr. Ross previously served as the Task Leader for 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. He also served as the project leader for the Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA) Implementation Project and is the former Director of the National Information Assurance Partnership, a joint activity of NIST and the National Security Agency. During his twenty-year military career, Dr. Ross served as a White House aide and senior technical advisor to the Department of the Army. He has lectured at Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dartmouth College, Pepperdine University, Naval Postgraduate School, Ohio State University, Auburn University, Georgia State University, University of Maryland, University of Minnesota, U.S. Naval Academy, Hood College and given the Commencement address at George Washington University (School of Engineering).
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