Dr. Patrick Gallagher, Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology

This year’s award winner is a public servant who has been an active leader in our nation’s cybersecurity efforts for both his agency and within the United States federal government’s executive branch. Dr. Pat Gallagher has been a dedicated public servant for over twenty years, starting when he joined the National Institute of Standards (NIST) in 1993.

For the past six years, Dr. Gallagher has been an integral leader in the policy, strategy and execution of significant cybersecurity efforts across the public and private sectors. Under his leadership, NIST established the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) to demonstrate practical solutions by public and private sector partners. This past year, he has led NIST’s responsibilities under President Obama’s Executive Order to secure critical infrastructure, developing a Cybersecurity Framework driven by the private sector.