Director, IT & Cybersecurity Team, Government Accountability Office
Nicholas Marinos’s job comes down to beating the drum for the importance of cybersecurity. The rhythm and intensity of that did not slow one bit this year, and finding ways to keep Congress informed of the latest breaches and cyber-attacks was even more important. Marinos owes much of his work and accomplishments to his colleagues, he told FedScoop. The people he works with have had to rely on creative ways to stay connected to their work. Team meetings sometimes drifted to discussions of everyone’s latest “wins,” he said — not always ones related to work. For Marinos, one of his big wins was a treehouse that he built for his children. In the coming year, priorities largely remain the same for his work, keeping an eye on cyber incidents, keeping Congress informed and keeping his team healthy and happy.