Dennis Taylor

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Information Security Architect, NASA

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 Dennis Taylor is an Information Security Architect. He is a technologist with more than 30 years experience in nearly all facets of information technology. Most recently Dennis has been involved with the architecture and engineering of NASA's Identity, Credential, and Access Management (ICAM) program. Centralization to a single identity management system with a distributed directory structure and access management system across all NASA Centers has greatly increased collaborative opportunities and improved the user experience for the mobile work force, while meeting Federal compliance mandates.

His prior NASA experience was as Director of the NASA SEWP Security Center. Dennis led security research efforts for a team investigating a wide range of security topics, ranging from machine integrity attestation to identity management. Dennis has also been the Chief Architect for the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center IT outsourcing contractor.

Dennis worked for nearly 10 years in health care information technology--involved with rapidly increasing demands of information flow from mainframe to minicomputers and distributed Unix systems.

Dennis's initial IT career was as an IBM mainframe system programmer. He greatly enjoyed developing, as part of a team with two others, an original operating system for this environment.

Dennis is a CISSP. He has a number of vendor certifications, and is a GIAC GPEN. Dennis has an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from the University of Maryland.