Pedersen-headshot squareNIST & NIAP Working Together (C20a) Janine Stadter Pedersen is the Director, National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP) established to evaluate IT product conformance to international standards. The program is a partnership between the public and private sectors and is implemented to help consumers select COTS ICT products that meet their security requirements and to help manufacturers of those products gain acceptance in the global marketplace. Janine has served as the Technical Advisor for the Office of Community Outreach, which included the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) Secretariat, worldwide Information Assurance Community Outreach, National IA Policy, the National IA Education and Training programs, and Interagency OPSEC Support Center.  Janine was a subject matter expert in developing COTS for SECRET, evolving it into the Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) program.  As Chief Validator for NIAP, Janine provided technical and strategic direction for the program, working closely with NIST, NSA, and international partners.  Janine was a Branch Chief for the Trusted Product Evaluation Program (TPEP) and started her NSA career as a computer analyst working on Key Management and Systems evaluations.  Prior to entering NSA, Janine worked as a software programmer for an international data communications company. Janine has a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from University of Richmond and a Masters Degree in Computer Science from the Johns Hopkins University.