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CompTIA Excellence in Cybersecurity Award Presented to Congressman Mac Thornberry and U.S. Navy’s Chris Kelsall

Jan 12, 2016

Washington, D.C. – CompTIA, the Computing Technology Industry Association, today presented the CompTIA Excellence in Cybersecurity award to Congressman Mac Thornberry (TX-13), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and Chris Kelsall, Branch Head, Cyber Workforce, U.S. Navy.

CompTIA created its Excellence in Cybersecurity Awards to recognize Members of Congress and Federal Agency Program Managers who have the foresight to use federal dollars wisely to improve the cybersecurity skills of those who work for the U.S. Government.

“Chairman Thornberry has been instrumental on Capitol Hill in pushing for increased cybersecurity training and certification within the Department of Defense community,” said Todd Thibodeaux, President and CEO, CompTIA.

“As the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and previous chair of the Taskforce on Cybersecurity, Congressman Thornberry has a solid knowledge regarding our nation’s vulnerabilities to cyber attacks. Chairman Thornberry has been a leader in Congress, advocating for increased security measures and appropriate training and certification to strengthen our cyber workforce.”

“Mr. Kelsall has served the Department of Navy for nearly three decades and understands firsthand the severity of our cyber threats and the need for our country to train and maintain a skilled workforce to deal with these threats,” Thibodeaux said.

“As a member of the Federal CIO Council IT Workforce Committee, Chris has been instrumental in pushing for increased training and certifications for our nation’s IT workforce.”

About CompTIA

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a non-profit trade association serving as the voice of the information technology industry. With approximately 2,000 member companies, 3,000 academic and training partners, 65,000-plus registered users and more than two million IT certifications issued, CompTIA is dedicated to advancing industry growth through educational programs, market research, networking events, professional certifications and public policy advocacy. To learn more, visit CompTIA online, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

About CompTIA Advocacy

Through its advocacy arm, CompTIA champions member-driven business and IT priorities that impact all information technology companies – from small managed solutions providers and software developers to large equipment manufacturers and communications service providers. CompTIA gives eyes, ears and a voice to technology companies, informing them of policy developments – and providing the means to do something about it.


Preston Grisham