Gary R. Galloway has been the Deputy Director of the Office of Information Assurance (IRM/IA) since May 2007. He also is serving as Acting Director of IRM/IA’s Enterprise Risk Division. Prior to arriving in IRM/IA, Mr. Galloway was Deputy Director and Director for Business Technology of the Office of eDiplomacy from April 2003 – May 2007, serving as Acting Office Director from July 2005 – January 2006. He has been an employee of the Department of State since 1986 and has been with the Bureau of Information Resource Management since 1996. Mr. Galloway brings extensive knowledge of the Department’s IT infrastructure and a full understanding of the application of technology to IRM/IA’s mission of protecting the Department’s information systems and networks. Mr. Galloway began his career with the Department of Interior and worked briefly at the Office of Personnel Management and the Department of Labor prior to coming to State. He came to the State Department as a programmer analyst in the Bureau of Resource Management, rising to the position of Director of Systems Operations in 1993. His tenure in IRM began as a Senior Policy Advisor to the first Chief Information Officer in State, followed by tenure as a Senior Advisor to the Deputy CIO for Architecture, Planning and Regulation. Mr. Galloway is the recipient of numerous Department awards, including the Superior Honor Award in 2006 and the Meritorious Honor Award on multiple occasions. Mr. Galloway is an active member of the American Council for Technology (ACT) and a graduate of the prestigious Industry Advisory Council (IAC) IT Partners Program, winning the Outstanding Partner of the Year award for the Class of 2006. He is also a member of the Government Advisory Panel for IAC’s Information Security and Privacy Special Interest Group and the Symantec Government Symposium Advisory Board, in addition to serving as the Government Vice-Chair for the ACT-IAC 2009 Management of Change Conference. Mr. Galloway serves as a mentor for the ACT-IAC Voyager Program, and the Department of State Civil Service Mentoring Program. He is also a member of the Montgomery County Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors. Mr. Galloway is a member of the Association for Federal Information Resources Management, serving a co-chair of the eAFFIRM committee and has been a guest speaker for the American Electronics Association (AeA) and the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA). Mr. Galloway earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and was awarded a Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy with an Information Strategies Concentration from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University. He is a native of Washington, D.C. and lives in Silver Spring, Maryland with his wife, Monroe, and son, Reginald who is a student at Princeton University.

Farewell to Facebook? A Federal Executive’s Dilemma

Gary R. Galloway Deputy Director, Office of Information Assurance, U.S. Department of State, discusses his reasons for joining FaceBook in its early days and why now he is saying goodbye.

Cybersecurity in the Spotlight

The Obama Administration is quite forward-thinking in its use of technology. From the creation of new positions within the Executive Branch (including the CIO, CTO, and cybersecurity czar) to the use of social media for public communication, IT security has become a paramount initiative. On Wednesday, June 24, I sat down with Federal News Radio host, Tom Temin, to discuss the challenges facing the Department of State during this progressive time in the Federal Government. Using technology to facilitate citizen–government dialogue, simplify government services, increase government transparency with public information, and public diplomacy are top priorities for the Administration’s new…

Innovative IT Security Tools and Techniques at the Department of State

For those of you in the Federal IT community who are not engaged in the area of IT security as your primary pursuit, I thought you might be interested in hearing about some of the innovative tools and techniques that we employ at the Department of State to secure our worldwide wide network.  This is the first of a series that will hopefully inform and enlighten the IT Federal community, resulting in an exchange of ideas. In this fast-paced world of information technology, new threats appear daily that result in volumes of lost personally identifiable information and crimes including identity…