Russell receives first ISSM Award

Russell receives first ISSM AwardBy STACIE BAILEY

NAWCWD Public Affairs

Just before the start of a monthly Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division cybersecurity workforce meeting at China Lake, the team took time out to remember Mark Kolstoe, who served as NAWCWD’s information security system manger from 2007 to 2012, and recognize a teammate in his honor.

Karla Russell, the department information systems security manager and head of the Warfare Systems Integration Laboratory Engineering Division Branch 4, was nominated and chosen to receive the Mark Kolstoe Com-mand ISSM Award on Feb. 1. A first of its kind, the award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding achievements or contributions to the field of cybersecurity.

“I’m really shocked,” Russell said. “Mark was so fantastic. He really taught me a lot about cybersecurity when I first got here and he really made us all feel like we were important, so I’m honored that anyone would think that I’m following in his footsteps.”

Early in her career, Russell led the F-35 U.S. Reprogramming Lab team at Eglin Air Force Base into a successful information security program. Her strong leadership and technical acumen resulted in additional requests for remote management and leadership, which she continues to fulfill.

She transitioned into a supervisory role that required her to promote the development of a NAWCWD cybersecurity workforce spanning across China Lake and Point Mugu.

She’s been successful in accomplishing a large-scale, multi-site certification and accreditation effort as well as establishing a common standard for research and development of modern technologies to include tablets, wireless and cloud services.

“The work that you all are in and the work that you have chosen to dedicate yourself to require obvious technical skills,” said Rear Adm. Brian Corey, NAWCWD commander, addressing the cybersecurity community. “I want to thank all of you for your dedication and your patience. Without the work you do, we have no mission.”

Pictured: Karla Russell receives the Kolstoe Command ISSM Award from Rear Adm. Brian Corey. -- U.S. Navy photo by Paul Kakert

Story First Published: 2017-03-24