A retired U.S. Air Force brigadier general will be the U.S. government’s first federal cyber security chief (CISO).
As federal CISCO, U.S. Air Force brigadier general Gregory Touhill’s new job will be to protect government networks and critical infrastructure from cyber threats. The position was previously announced last February as part of the creation of the position in February as part of a $19 billion Cybersecurity National Action Plan or CNAP. General Touhill’s current job is Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity and Communications in the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications (CS&C) at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
A blog post announcing the hire said the new federal 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.
Additionally Grant Schneider has been named as the first Acting Deputy CISO for the U.S. Government.