Noblis’ Nicholas Keshavarz-Nia Honored with Rising Star Award by FCW

Information Systems (IS) Security Engineer & Analyst for Noblis recognized among “rising stars” in federal IT careers who are making an impact in the industry community

Federal Computer Week (FCW), a national federal executive publication, recognizes individuals who are in the first 10 years of their federal IT careers and have had notable impact in the community. FCW Rising Star nominees are not only making a difference today—they are put forth by their peers and managers as the likely leaders of tomorrow.

First-year nominee and winner, Nicholas Keshavarz-Nia interned at Noblis while earning a B.S. in Computer Information Systems from the University of South Carolina. After graduating in 2014, he joined the organization full-time as an IS Security Engineer and Analyst, where he currently leads development and deployment of ScanCenter, an automated monitoring tool, supporting FedRAMP – the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program.

FedRAMP government managers have commented that by automating processes that were once manual, ScanCenter has slashed monthly continuous monitoring analysis for nearly two dozen cloud systems from an average of eight hours to just one hour.

“I’m all for saving money and time,” explains Keshavarz-Nia, “and this program seems like it’s doing both. FedRAMP’s streamlining of cloud authorization processes has proven critical for government. This is something we’ve needed for a really long time.”

Managing ever-changing cybersecurity vulnerabilities is a "grueling task," Keshavarz-Nia admitted, but he is hoping that an intensive, hands-on masters program in Systems Engineering from The George Washington University will immerse him in the intricate design of the cybersecurity space, and that he will emerge better equipped to handle the industry’s great complexities.

FCW provides federal technology executives with the information, ideas, and strategies necessary to successfully navigate the complex world of federal business. And FCW accomplishes this by delivering strategic features on business management, policy, pending legislation, technology, and profiles of the power players making waves in the federal executive sector. The federal technology market comes to life with photos, profiles and insider insight. If it’s worth knowing, it’s in FCW.

Noblis is a nonprofit science, technology, and strategy organization that brings the best of scientific thought, management, and engineering expertise with a reputation for independence and objectivity. Noblis and our wholly owned subsidiaries, Noblis ESI and Noblis NSP, offer a collection of integrated capabilities and an impressive pool of experts who stand ready to collaborate and execute solutions that best serve our clients’ needs. We are bringing together the best expertise and technology to work across different intelligence disciplines. We have an integrated set of services, capabilities, and tools leveraged by an impressive pool of experts who stand ready to collaborate and execute solutions that best serve our clients’ needs. Noblis experts are on the leading edge of the cyber mission for U.S. federal law enforcement, the intelligence community, and defense agencies. We provide deep cyber technical expertise, innovative tradecraft and tools, and mission-tested analysts tempered by real-world cyber operations.


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