CIS Benchmarks Community Volunteer Spotlight: James Trigg


CIS Benchmarks are the only consensus-based, vendor-agnostic secure configuration guides both developed and accepted by government, business, industry, and academia. They’re designed to safeguard operating systems against today’s evolving cyber threats. Together, with the Center for Internet Security, Inc. (CIS), volunteers from around the world help to develop, review, and maintain the CIS Benchmarks.

James Trigg, IT Specialist (SysAdm) at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), has been volunteering his time and efforts in the CIS Benchmarks Communities since 2009. After stepping away for a few years because of other obligations, he resumed his volunteer efforts in 2017.

In his more than 30 years in the field, he’s held a variety of positions, including roles in software technical support and network administration. He has served as a hardware technician, software engineer, database designer and administrator, systems administrator, small network administrator, and systems engineer. His specialties include software development, Unix/Linux Systems Administration, SMTP, IMAP, POP3, DNS, HTTP, and FTP. Trigg uses his vast experience and expertise as a core contributor to the CIS Linux Benchmarks.

He takes great pride in his volunteerism and his ability to implement, administer, and troubleshoot a wide range of Linux-based, Unix-based, Macintosh, and Windows systems.

"Being a part of the CIS Benchmarks Community has given me a better understanding of OS components that I did not have a reason for delving into previously,” said Trigg. "Participating in Benchmarks development benefits the Benchmark Community and yourself in many ways."

Interested in becoming a volunteer like James Trigg? Join a CIS Community today.