Visionary Governance Champion


This award recognizes a C-suite leader, board member, or elected official who recognizes the cyber security value proposition and serves as a champion for the information security program. Award nominations will be considered from security practitioners.
2023 > Scott Singer > CEO, CyberNines
Scott Singer is CEO, CyberNINES and Interim Managing Director, University of MN, Center for Medical Device Cybersecurity
CAPT, USN (retired) Scott Singer brings 30 years of military experience in both active duty and reserve rolls along with 31 years of industry experience.  Scott co-founded CyberNINES and serves as the Chief Executive Officer.  Most recently Scott was at PaR Systems, where he was Chief Information Officer since 2010.  At PaR, Scott had responsibility for information systems, global quality, export control, security, and continuous process improvement. Previously, Scott spent 16 years with Medtronic in various leadership positions including the European Infrastructure Manager, the Vascular division CIO, and the head of global security.  At Medtronic, Scott was a member of the ISPE GAMP 5 Risk Special Interest Group and led the development of the Software Development and Validation Life Cycle (SDVLC).  Scott has extensive experience with regulatory frameworks and government contracting including Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR/DFARS), HIPAA, medical device (ISO 13485), and cybersecurity (ISO 27001, NIST), aerospace (AS9100) and nuclear (NQA-1).
Scott is the past board chair for the Minnesota Technology Association (MnTech), past President of the University of Wisconsin, Madison NROTC Alumni Association, and past board member of InfraGard.  In June 2021, he testified before Congress on the costs to small business to comply with the DoDs Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC).  He currently chairs the C3PAO (CMMC Third-Party Assessment Organization) Stakeholder Forum (
Scott has an MBA in Information Systems from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management, and BS is Meteorology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.  He also has a certification in Joint Professional Military Education from The Naval War College.
For the DoD cybersecurity ecosystem, Scott is a Certified CMMC Assessor (CCA), Certified CMMC Professional (CCP), and CMMC Provisional Instructor (PI).  CyberNINES is an Authorized C3PAO.
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