NIST & NIAP Working Together (C20a) Melanie Cook is the Operations Team Lead for the Security, Testing, Validation and Measurement (STVM) Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The STVM group validates cryptographic algorithms and modules, and Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) enabled products. Melanie has an operational background that includes system engineering and security evaluation of Department of Defense (DoD) field sites. She is a co-author of “Security Automation Essentials”, and has contributed to NSA security guidance documents, and NIST publications.