As the newly appointed CISO of Joe Biden's presidential campaign, Chris DeRusha, former chief security officer with the State of Michigan, has fewer than four months to implement his cybersecurity vision before Election Day arrives -- all in the midst of a pandemic that has altered the traditional way that campaigns traditionally operate.
DeRusha will now be tasked with shielding a highly virtualized campaign operated by remotely distributed staffers from both foreign and domestic actors who seek to interfere with the U.S. election -- while simultaneously ensuring that he continues to win the buy-in from campaign management that's necessary to do his job properly.
Even living under more normal global conditions, that's not easy. Until Biden for President announced DeRusha's hiring today, the only other 2020 Democratic presidential campaign to have hired a CISO was that of Pete Buttigieg, former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who dropped out of the race on March 1. Buttigieg's campaign CISO was Mick Baccio, a former threat intelligence within the Executive Office of the President who resigned in January over what Baccio reportedly had termed "philosophical differences with the campaign management regarding the architecture and scope of the information security program."
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