Nick Marinos is a Director in GAO’s Information Technology and Cybersecurity team. He leads audit teams that perform government-wide and agency-specific reviews in the areas of cybersecurity, critical infrastructure, privacy, and data protection across all major federal agencies. Nick also leads GAO’s ongoing evaluation of the systems readiness and cybersecurity issues in preparation for the 2020 Census.
Nick joined GAO in 2002. During his career at GAO, Nick has led major reviews of:
- The cybersecurity of air traffic controls systems at the Federal Aviation Administration;
- Cybersecurity risk management practices at major federal agencies;
- Information technology management challenges at the Library of Congress and Copyright Office;
- Data protection practices at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Federal Student Aid office;
- The response by Equifax and federal agencies to the 2017 data breach; and
- A variety of other reviews in partnership with other GAO experts focused on the cybersecurity of critical infrastructure, including within the electricity grid, oil and gas pipeline and financial services sectors.
Nick recently led GAO’s effort to update its cybersecurity high risk area, issuing a September 2018 report that identified 10 urgent actions that the federal government and other entities need to take to address the nation’s cybersecurity challenges.
Nick earned an MBA in information systems and technology and a bachelor’s degree in business information technology, both from Virginia Tech. He serves on the Virginia Tech MBA and BIT advisory boards at the Pamplin College of Business. As one of GAO’s leading experts, Nick is also frequently invited to speak on a range of cybersecurity topics. Nick is a certified information privacy professional.
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