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Gallagher, Sean

NASA Glenn Research Center post data breach Chief Information Officer (CIO), Jul 2012 – present. Booz Allen Hamilton Senior IT Manager, May 2004 – Jun 2012. U.S. Army, May 2000 – May 2004.

Fake IT education. An IT education is the most important IT credential and Gallagher only has an MS in Computer Information Systems from the University of Phoenix, 2001 – 2003. The University of Phoenix — nothing officially to do with the City of Phoenix Arizona, although that association was probably fraudulently intended — is a notorious for-profit college providing worthless educations, to employers who are even a little knowledgeable, and worthless degrees, to those few who can afford to pay the exorbitant tuition long enough to get one; see No IT Education: For-Profit and Community Colleges, Other Training in Principles of IT Incompetence. The federal government would not provide educational loans to those attending U Phoenix, so should not accept an education from it as a qualification for a government job. (See also David Nelson, Nuclear Regulatory Commission data breach CIO.)

IT incompetent Booz Allen Hamilton was not even knowledgeable enough to know the worthlessness of a U Phoenix degree and hired Gallagher. For the IT incompetence of Booz and the damage it has caused see Booz CIO Susan Penfield and Booz Hacks Fed IT, Makes It Incompetent, Insecure, Bankrupt and 9/11 Was Due to IT Incompetence. Interestingly, Edward Snowden was working as an IT tech for Booz when he hacked the NSA (see 9/11 Was Due to IT Incompetence), around the time Gallagher was Senior IT Manager at Booz, leaving to become CIO at NASA Glenn Research Center (a suspicious turn in the business-government revolving door).

In May 2012 it was reported that NASA Glenn Research Center had been hacked, suffering a data breach that exposed numerous usernames and passwords. The hackers themselves said they could have done much more damage if they wanted to but were just trying to point out the IT incompetence of NASA Glenn Research Center, which responded by hiring yet another IT incompetent CIO, Gallagher. Next time, under CIO Gallagher, it could be the Chinese or Russians stealing all of the very expensive aero/astro research of NASA Glenn Research Center. Perhaps this has already happened, but unlike the last hackers the Chinese and the Russians (and probably even NASA Glenn Research Center) are not going to admit this.

I (Dr. Duane Thresher) discovered IT incompetent Gallagher when I was investigating IT incompetent Kim Komando, the leading tech radio talk show host ("America's Digital Goddess"). Komando had bragged that she had been invited to and given the keynote address on cybersecurity at NASA Glenn Research Center for National Cyber Security Awareness Month, October 2019. I could not believe anyone would be stupid enough to invite IT incompetent Komando to talk about cybersecurity, but then I discovered IT incompetent Gallagher was CIO for NASA Glenn Research Center. Truly the blind leading the blind.