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NEWS | May 5, 2021

Panama City scientist to receive Navy IT Excellence Rising Star Award

By Cierra Burch NSWC PCD Public Affairs

Daniel Jermyn, scientist at Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD), was recently selected to receive the Department of the Navy (DON) Information Technology (IT) Excellence Rising Star of the Year Award.

Jermyn states the eMASSter is just one of multiple automation projects and that he felt honored to receive this level of recognition. 

“I am honored to be chosen a recipient of this award,” states Jermyn. “The eMASSter project is just one leg of multiple Risk Management Framework (RMF) automation projects lead by Warfare Center Headquarters and receiving this award means the automation team is making genuine progress towards leaning out the RMF processes.”

After being an IT specialist for two years, Jermyn became a scientist at NSWC PCD in 2020, where he conceived and developed the eMASSter software. This innovative software tool automates some of the most labor-intensive tasks involved in the rigorous process to obtain RMF Authority to Operate (ATO). The eMASSter reduces, and even eliminates multiple manual efforts in the RMF process, saving significant time and money. His actions significantly improved cybersecurity culture with great impact on the United States Navy.

Dr. Peter Adair, technical director at NSWC PCD, states the eMASSter software enables the United States Navy to work more efficiently and affordably.

“Eliminating the resources needed to obtain ATOs by the use of this software impacts NSWC PCD’s mission to rapidly deliver solutions to ensure warfighting dominance,” stated Adair. “Because the software is able to automate detailed metrics and documentation, it will allow our Sailors to solely focus on the mission at hand.”

Jermyn has also hosted bi-weekly virtual eMASSter training events and expanded the software’s impact to other military branches. The implementation of Jermyn’s innovative software tool is expected to save $10.47 million and 68,000 hours over the next three years for the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA).

Capt. David Back, commanding officer at NSWC PCD, emphasizes the impact of the use of eMASSter at other naval operations and military branches.

“Jermyn’s actions resulted in significant improvements in cybersecurity culture; the impact will be felt far beyond NSWC PCD,” stated Back. “The virtual eMASSter training events have included attendants from many other naval commands, the United States Army, and the United States Air Force.”

Jermyn will be recognized virtually during a ceremony May 24 at the 2021 DON IT Conference in Norfolk, Va. For more information about the DON IT East Conference: