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Battelle's Noted Cyber Security Expert Erik Mettala Inducted into ISSA Hall of Fame

Posted on Jun 11, 2012

COLUMBUS, OH., 11 June, 2012—Erik Mettala, Chief Scientist for Battelle’s Cyber Innovation Business, recently was selected as an Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) International Hall of Fame inductee. This prestigious honor recognizes information security industry leaders who have made significant contributions to the industry and who represent the highest level of professionalism and lifetime achievement. 

“We are pleased to congratulate Erik on this significant accomplishment, which recognizes his achievements as a cyber research and industry leader,” said Cyber Innovations Vice President David Fisher. “He’s an invaluable asset to Battelle and to the cyber industry.”

Erik’s nomination acknowledges his career as an executive leader in cyber research and development in both the commercial and government sectors. His research involvement in areas such as Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) cryptography, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), Trusted-X Windows, Kerberos encryption, Secure Hypertext Transport Protocol (S-HTTP), firewalls and intrusion detection are broadly used throughout the world to secure Internet commerce and communications.

Erik will be joined by significant cyber industry leaders, authors and researchers for the Oct. 25 induction ceremony held in Anaheim, CA. Notable inductees include: Howard Schmidt, White House Cybersecurity Coordinator and former Chief Information Security Officer, Microsoft; Dave Cullinane, VP and Chief Information Security Officer, eBay;  Mary Ann Davidson, Chief Information Security Officer, Oracle Corporation; Dr. Ron Ross, Senior Computer Scientist and Information Security Researcher, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); Alan Paller, Director of Research, SANS Institute; and Dr. Dorothy Denning, Distinguished Professor of Defense Analysis, Naval Postgraduate School.

Mettala joined Battelle in April, 2011 with more than 35 years of R&D experience with government agencies including the Department of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the U.S. Army Communications and Electronics Command, and private companies including Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation (MCC, Elagent Corporation, and Network Associates Labs, renamed to McAfee Research, later acquired by SPARTA).

Mettala holds a Ph.D. in Industrial and Management Systems Engineering from Pennsylvania State University, a Master of Science in Management Science and a Master of Science in Computer Science from Texas A&M University, Central Texas (formerly American Technological University). He served 22 years in the U.S. Army and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.

About Battelle

As the world’s largest independent research and development organization, Battelle provides innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing needs through its four global businesses:  Laboratory Management; National Security; Health and Life Sciences; and Energy, Environment and Material Sciences. It advances scientific discovery and application by conducting $6.2 billion in global R&D annually through contract research, laboratory management and technology commercialization. 

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Battelle oversees 22,000 employees in more than 130 locations worldwide, including eight national laboratories for which Battelle has a significant management role on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the United Kingdom.

Battelle also is one of the nation’s leading charitable trusts focusing on societal and economic impact and actively supporting and promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

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