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Former NIST Exec Donna Dodson Honored for Federal Cybersecurity Accomplishments

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Donna Dodson
Donna Dodson

Donna Dodson, a 33-year veteran of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has been selected for the Partnership for Public Service's Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal in recognition of her efforts to help public and private sector organizations address cyber threats.

The Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit named Dodson among the 11 medalists and recognized her in the safety, security and international affairs category, the agency said Thursday.

She served as chief cybersecurity adviser to the NIST Information Technology Laboratory and founding director of the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) from 2012 until her retirement on May 8, the agency said Thursday.

Dodson helped develop the agency's framework for protecting critical infrastructure assets from cyber threats and worked on a team that implemented national encryption standards.

As the NCCoE's leader, she drove the adoption of business security platforms across sectors such as the financial, manufacturing, health care and energy industries.