Marianne Swanson has been appointed to head the U.S. Smart Grid Interoperability Panel’s Cyber Security Working Group (CSWG).

She takes over from Annabelle Lee, who has taken up a new position with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) where she will continue to be a key contributor to cyber security efforts related to the smart grid.

Swanson is a senior advisor for information technology security management in the Computer Security Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).  In addition to chairing the CSWG, she is the co-chair of the Working Group on Lifecycle and Standards established under Comprehensive National Cyber Initiative 11, “Develop Multi-Pronged Approach for Global Supply Chain Risk Management,” and has been chair of the Federal Computer Security Program Managers' Forum for more than a decade.

Swanson has over twenty-five years of computer security experience. Prior to joining the NIST, she worked as a systems security specialist with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and as a program analyst with the Internal Revenue Service. She has also received various awards for her work, including a Federal 100 Award, FedCIO Technology Leadership Awards, Industry Advisory Council Leadership and Achievement Award, and a Department of Commerce Bronze Medal Award.

The CSWG is responsible for developing an overall cyber security strategy for the U.S. smart grid and recently released in draft form the Guidelines for Smart Grid Cyber Security v1.0 (NISTIR 7628) in three volumes. Currently the CSWG is conducting outreach activities to inform organizations about the NISTIR 7628.