U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
CYBERSECURITY AND INFRASTRUCTURE SECURITY AGENCY
Cyber Security Division
Rachel Kelly, an esteemed federal public servant, played a pivotal role in improving public access to secure government services online. As Deputy Chief of the Cybersecurity Shared Services Office (CSSO) at CISA, Rachel led the development and delivery of impactful cybersecurity solutions to 102 federal agencies.
Under Rachel's guidance, the CSSO effectively managed over $125 million in funding, assembling a diverse team of 100+ cybersecurity professionals. They developed 15 solutions that protect federal agencies from cyber risks, including the Vulnerability Disclosure Policy (VDP) Platform, Protective DNS Resolver, Cyber Threat Indicator (CTI) Service, Secure Cloud Business Applications (SCuBA) Project, Mobile Cybersecurity Solutions, and management of the .gov Domain.
Rachel's contributions extended beyond federal agencies, as CSSO solutions were adopted by state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) government agencies and private-sector partners. This broader adoption strengthened cybersecurity across multiple sectors. Recognizing her exceptional work, Rachel was chosen to lead the Critical Infrastructure (CI) Pilot Projects. These pilots demonstrate the value of CSSO-developed cybersecurity shared services in key sectors such as Health Care, K-12 Education, and Water Systems, enhancing security and providing insights into CI cyber risks.
Rachel's efforts have significantly bolstered the government's cybersecurity posture, enabling secure service delivery to the public. The CSSO's solutions have identified vulnerabilities, improved DNS security, provided threat analysis, enhanced cloud security, protected against mobile cyber threats, and ensured the authenticity of government communications. Rachel's dedication and expertise make her an invaluable asset to CISA, driving advancements in cybersecurity that benefit the public.
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Cybersecurity Shared Services Office