US government names first federal CISO

By Erin Ayers on September 14, 2016

The United States government took another step in improving its cybersecurity posture by appointing the nation’s first federal chief information security officer — Gregory J. Touhill, a retired brigadier general.

Touhill has been serving as the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) deputy assistant secretary for cybersecurity and communications developed programs to protect government systems and critical infrastructure. In his new role, he will manage the implementation of cyber policies and practices across government agencies. The White House also named Grant Schneider, formerly director for cybersecurity policy on the National Security Council, as acting deputy CISO.

“Strong cybersecurity depends on robust policies, secure networks and systems and, importantly, a cadre of highly skilled cybersecurity talent,” stated Tony Scott, US chief information officer. “Building on the Cybersecurity Workforce Strategy to identify, recruit, and retain top talent, the CISO will play a central role in helping to ensure the right set of policies, strategies, and practices are adopted across agencies and keeping the federal government at the leading edge of 21st century cybersecurity.”

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