KIHEI - The Maui High Performance Computing Center is one of just nine of 13,000 defense contractors to be selected for the 2010 James S. Cogswell Outstanding Industrial Security Achievement Award.
The award was announced in June and presented formally Wednesday by Karl Hellmann, the regional director for the Defense Security Service.
University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood received the award on behalf of the center and its director of security, Jeff Brown.
The Maui High Performance Computing Center in Kihei is known for tight security as well as mirrored exterior walls.
The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo
Because it involves protecting the computer from espionage and sabotage, exactly what the organization did to qualify for the honor has not been revealed. But in a news release from the Defense Security Service, the process was described as rigorous.
Even to be considered, a facility had to receive two consecutive superior industrial security review ratings and demonstrate excellence and innovation in overall security management and oversight.
The Cogswell Award, established in 1966, is named in honor of the late Air Force Col. James Cogswell, the first chief of industrial security within the DoD. Cogswell was responsible for developing the basic principles of the Industrial Security Program.