McLean, VA (PRWEB) June 05, 2012
Extension Group, a Virginia-based communications firm, in coordination with the McNulty family today announced with profound sadness the death of U.S. government information security pioneer, F. Lynn McNulty, CISSP. Mr. McNulty died peacefully at his home yesterday morning with his wife, Peg, and two daughters, Maureen and Sarah, by his side. After being diagnosed with diffuse large B-Cell lymphoma in 2011, Lynn underwent several rounds of treatment, including participation in a clinical trial at NIH that allowed him to live actively until approximately a week ago when his health rapidly declined.
Mr. McNulty, first and foremost, was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather with a passion for his family and his family history. He is known by those closest to him as an avid historian, community servant, national park visitor, and a lover of the outdoors. To the professional community, Lynn is known as a cybersecurity pioneer, the ‘father’ of U.S. federal information security and mentor to thousands of individuals in his field. He was described recently by his peers as being exceptionally gregarious, politically savvy and both a dynamic leader and tireless advocate for his profession and the security of our nation.
During his 30-year career as a federal employee, McNulty served as the first director of Information Systems Security for the U.S. State Department, as security program manager for the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and as a policy liaison for computer security issues between the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and other federal agencies, Congress and the private sector. He also played a key role in influencing national security policy on everything from export controls on commercial encryption products to the deployment of public key infrastructure.
After his retirement from government in 1995, Mr. McNulty dedicated his efforts to advancing the information security profession and throughout his career gave a start to countless leaders in their careers, including U.S. government and commercial chief security officers (CSOs), chief executive officers (CEOs), a deputy undersecretary of defense, a congresswoman, and a host of others. His achievements have been recognized with designations such as the exclusive Fellow of (ISC)², the ISSA Hall of Fame Award, the Fed 100 Award and most recently as one of Federal Computer Week’s top 25 federal IT influencers.
“He was a devoted father and grandfather as well as dedicated husband,” shared Maureen L. McNulty, Lynn’s daughter. “We will always cherish his optimism, energy and sense of adventure.”
Mr. McNulty’s family will be celebrating his life with friends and colleagues later this week at a nearby national park. Charitable donations in his memory should be given to The National Park Conservation Association or The Civil War Trust.