White House appoints federal CISO

The White House announced on Thursday the appointment of Brigadier General (retired) Gregory J. Touhill as the first federal chief information security officer (CISO).

He will be tasked with driving cybersecurity policy, planning and implementation across the federal government. 

Touhill brings a range of management experiences to the role, including leading teams focused on technical solutions, as well as his work in the military overseeing "best practices, capabilities and human capital training, development and retention strategies," the White House stated. He will be heading a team within the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). 

Touhill formerly served  as deputy assistant secretary for cybersecurity and communications in the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications at the Department of Homeland Security.

Also, Grant Schneider was named acting deputy CISO. He formerly was director for cybersecurity policy on the National Security Council staff at the White House.

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