Your daily dose of ironic juxtaposition.
National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Ron Ross has
received the 2010 Federal 100 Award. Presented by Federal Computer Week,
the award honors the top professionals in the federal information
technology community. This is the third time he has been named to the
A select panel of government and industry leaders chooses
the Federal 100 winners from nominations from the public and private
Ross is a senior computer scientist and information
security researcher at NIST. He manages the Federal Information Security
Management Act (FISMA) Implementation Project, which includes the
development of key security standards and guidelines for the federal
government and support contractors.
Now, a study has concluded what lots of us have long suspected: Many of these irritating security measures are a waste of time. The study, by a top researcher at Microsoft, found that instructions intended to spare us from costly computer attacks often exact a much steeper price in the form of user effort and time expended.