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GovInfoSecurity Announces Top 10 Influencers for 2013

Princeton, NJ, January 05, 2013 --( GovInfoSecurity announces the publication of its fourth annual Top 10 Influencers in Government Information Security for 2013.

Published by Information Security Media Group (ISMG), GovInfoSecurity’s interactive slideshow acknowledges individuals and organizations that play critical roles in shaping the way governments approach information security and privacy. Their influence ranges from shaping or reshaping regulations to providing needed benchmarks for response to emerging threats. GovInfoSecurity’s team of editors made the selections based on interviews and news coverage throughout 2012.

The Top 10 Influencers in Government IT Security for 2013 include:

-Barack Obama, President of the United States
-Michael Daniel, Special Assistant to the President and White House Cybersecurity Coordinator
-Will Pelgrin, CEO, Center for Internet Security, and Founder, Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center
-Keith Alexander, Director, National Security Agency, and Commander, United States Cyber Command
-Tom Carper, Chairman, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee
-Mark Weatherford, Deputy Undersecretary for Cybersecurity, National Protection and Programs Directorate, Department of Homeland Security
-Steven VanRoekel, Chief Information Officer, United States Government
-Michael McCaul, Chairman, House Homeland Security Committee
-Ron Ross, Fellow and Leader, FISMA Implementation Project, National Institute of Standards and Technology
-Chris Buse, Chief Information Security Officer, State of Minnesota

“When we published our first Influencers list for 2010, the main factor in making our decision on who to select was the position each one held,” writes GovInfoSecurity Executive Editor Eric Chabrow. “In the following two years, we purposely excluded those from the previous years so we could expand the list of people who influence IT security policy, process and practice in government,” he says.

“But with a new term for the president and a new Congress, we decided to start fresh and select 10 individuals regardless of whether they appeared on the list before. All but two of those listed for 2013 have appeared on earlier versions of the ranking.”

To view the slideshow and read the analysis on the selections, please visit

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