Systems security chief exits Justice to take a position in private sector

Systems security chief exits Justice to take a position in private sector

'There is a sensitivity I will take into the private sector,' Justice's Mary Ellen Condon says.

By Shruti Dat'

GCN Staff

After four years as the Justice Department's systems security chief, Mary Ellen Condon has left for a job in industry.

'Justice IT has grown in its offerings,' said Condon, who was the department's information management and security director until Dec. 3. John Liu, information management and security deputy director, will be acting director until Justice names a permanent replacement.

Condon said her new post at SRA International Inc. of Arlington, Va., where she begins work today, will let her help the government sector from the other side of the fence.

She added that her public-sector experience has made her practical and sensitive to budget restraints.

'There is a sensitivity I will take into the private sector,' Condon said. 'You have to be sensitive to the fact that there may be multiple paths to the solutions. You have to forecast your budget without knowing what technology will support you tomorrow.'

Constraints on federal resources have taught her to prioritize and make practical business choices, she said.

Condon said she is confident that Justice IT leaders will continue initiatives she helped establish.

Stephen Colgate, Justice's assistant attorney general for administration and chief information officer, and others in the department continue to emphasize the business perspective and the integration of computer security issues, she said.


Condon came to Justice from the Agriculture Department, where she was information resource management director of the Agricultural Marketing Service and project director of the Processed Commodities Inventory Management System.

She is a founding member of the CIO Council's Security Committee and chairwoman of the Information Technology Resources Board.

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