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    MCRC Contractor Earns the Rising Star Professional Award

    MCRC Contractor Earns the Rising Star Professional Award

    Photo By Lance Cpl. Gustavo Romero | U.S. Marine Capt. Jeffrey Evans, enterprise operations officer, and Kathryn M. Murphy,...... read more read more



    Story by Lance Cpl. Jennifer Sanchez 

    Marine Corps Recruiting Command           

    MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. – A civilian contractor with Marine Corps Recruiting Command was awarded the Rising Star Professional Award for her efforts in the field of cyber security, September 2021.

    Kathryn M. Murphy, a cybersecurity analyst supporting MCRC, received the award for her work as the lead integration support specialist on the Comply to Connect Pathfinder project which aimed to install, operate, maintain and integrate Forescout Cyber Security tools into the Recruiting Command Enterprise Network (RCEN).

    "Kate Murphy's tenacity, willingness to learn and persistence in the face of adversity were integral to the success of the Comply to Connect Pathfinder project, she along with the project support team from Program Executive Office Digital & Enterprise services, Marine Corps Systems Command and Alamo City Engineering Services achieved a full system integration in record time against an aggressive project schedule," said Capt. Jeffrey Evans, the MCRC Enterprise Operations Officer. "We are proud to have her with the MCRC G-6 team, protecting the Marine Recruiter from cyber security threats, near and far."

    The G-6 team serves as the primary advisor and coordinator for all Information Technology and Cyber Security from MCRC headquarter users all the way down to recruiting stations across the country.

    The award recognizes the accomplishments and contributions of up-and-coming professionals, who made significant impacts in the information security industry early in their careers according to Evans.

    "I am beyond appreciative but feel undeserving. I still have so much to learn about the vast realm of Cybersecurity, so I am grateful to work at MCRC, where I have an amazing opportunity to grow as a professional," said Murphy.

    The Comply to Connect Pathfinder project was completed three months ahead of schedule, due to Murphy and the team’s effort. The project included: integrating six existing cyber security suites, each with unique capabilities, into Forescout to provide a comprehensive cyber security command and control hub.

    With no prior knowledge or background, Murphy dived into her duties during her personal and professional time learning the system and acting as the RCEN's subject matter expert. She informed her MCRC peers by creating several classes where she taught and developed the baseline for the new Forescout system. The new system detailed information on all devices connected to RCEN and enforced security compliance across the enterprise.

    "The pandemic certainly created obstacles, but MCRC's G6 team is full of extremely talented and resourceful individuals. Where there's a problem, there is a solution," said Murphy. "As someone new to the field, I am extremely lucky to work for such a supportive team with a lead that acts as a mentor. My inexperience with new projects has been met with countless teachable moments that are helping to shape my career."

    To qualify for the award, the candidate must have completed a project/initiative within the last 12 months and have at least one to three years of work experience in the cybersecurity industry.



    Date Taken: 07.01.2022
    Date Posted: 08.10.2022 08:01
    Story ID: 424247
    Hometown: WESTMINSTER, MD, US

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