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Cyber Security Success – Joint Polar Satellite System

GAMA-1’s Information Security Solutions Engineer (ISSE) was tasked to protect the Government Resource for Algorithm Verification, Independent Testing, and Evaluation (GRAVITE) system under the Tri-Agency National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) Joint Polar Satelitte System (JPSS).  GAMA-1 successfully provides a reliable and secure technical infrastructure for the conduct of the NPOESS Preparatory Program (NPP) Calibration and Validation (Cal/Val) Program; as well as a mechanism for providing support to the NASA and NPOESS prime contractor.


As such, NASA successfully launched the first Earth-observing satellite to measure both global climate changes and key weather variables on October 27, 2011. The National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project (NPP) is the first mission designed to collect critical data to improve weather forecasts in the short-term and increase our understanding of long-term climate change.

GAMA-1 provided the GRAVITE systems Certification & Accreditation (C&A)  support throughout the Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC).  The Moderate to HIGH level C&A met 99% compliance.  GAMA-1 provides continuous monitoring of the GRAVITE system.

GAMA-1 was recognized by the NOAA Deputy Chief Information Officer (CIO), Zachary Goldstein, as the “IT security expert for NESDIS”. Based on a direct recommendation from the NOAA DCIO, GAMA-1’s President, Gus Gamarra was tasked to serve as the security lead in Department of Commerce’s SmartSpot check.  The SmartSpot check is a quality control check program used to validate quality in certification and accredited packages (C&A).