Melina Scotto is the Federal Health CISO for GDIT and leads cyber-risk reduction across over 150 contracts and supports 100 cybersecurity engineers and analysts at FDA, NIH, HHS, CMS, IHS and CDC. Melina holds current CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional), CCSP (Certified Cloud Security Professional), CEH (Certified ethical hacker) and CISA (Certified Information System Auditor) credentials. Her professional concentration is in Federal, international and domestic health care data security and privacy regulations as well as general FISMA requirements.
In 2004, Melina secured global health systems providing anti-retroviral drugs to PEPFAR countries with John Snow Inc. where she worked primarily in network security administration. She configured PKI for Linux servers and managed Cisco VoIP systems for a nationwide telecommunications project. In 2009, Melina moved from international HIV work to domestic healthcare at George Washington Medical Faculty Associates. The position as Network Security Engineer focused on maintaining technical requirements of HIPAA Security Rule and HITECH in a dynamic virtual server and mobile device environment and assessing OCR criteria for HIPAA/HITECH compliance and Meaningful Use eligibility. It was at GWU where Melina became an instructor for master classes in Health Informatics, HIPAA Security, Business Continuity Planning and Risk Assessment. In 2012, Melina moved to National Institutes of Health (NIH) where ahw held several security posts. Currently, she leads a team of 14 security engineers and auditors for National Cancer Institute where projects move quickly, and data must be secured for FISMA compliance using NIST SP 800-53 rev 4 technical controls, NIST Cybersecurity framework and Department of Homeland Security Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (DHS/CDM) requirements both on-premises and in FedRAMP cloud environments.
A Maryland resident and lifelong Orioles fan. When not securely linked into a server, Melina enjoys volunteering with the Girl Scouts of the Nation’s Capital and local children’s classical choirs.