Gregory Touhill will take on the new position, alongside Acting Deputy CISO Grant Schneider.
The White House has appointed its first Federal Chief Information Security Officer (CISO).
Brigadier General (retired) Gregory Touhill will leave his current position as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity and Communications for a slightly shorter title and new responsibilities.
Tasked with driving cybersecurity policy, planning, and implementation across the government, Touhill will lead a team within the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
“Greg will leverage his considerable experience in managing a range of complex and diverse technical solutions at scale with his strong knowledge of both civilian and military best practices, capabilities, and human capital training, development and retention strategies,” Chief Information Officer Tony Scott and cybersecurity coordinator J. Michael Daniel wrote in a blog post.
The CISO will, the Obama administration explained, help to ensure the right set of policies, strategies, and practices are adopted across agencies, keeping the government safe and secure.
He won’t do it alone, though: Grant Schneider is joining Touhill as Acting Deputy CISO.
The current Director for Cybersecurity Policy on the National Security Council staff at the White House, Schneider works on development and oversight of cybersecurity policies to protect data, networks, and systems.
President Obama has taken a number of short- and long-term actions to improve cybersecurity within the US government.
In the past year, his administration has established the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity and the Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Strategy, and proposed a $3.1 billion Information Technology Modernization Fund (ITMF).
In February, Obama also unveiled the Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP), which calls for the creation of the CISO position.
“Strong cybersecurity depends on robust policies, secure networks and systems and, importantly, a cadre of highly skilled cybersecurity talent,” Scott and Daniel wrote in the blog.