Former US CISO asks Congress to fill post

Former Federal Chief Information Security Officer Gregory Touhill, a retired brigadier general, recommended Congress formally authorize his old post at a House Joint Subcommittee on Oversight and on Research and Technology hearing June 15, reports MeriTalk.

When Mr. Touhill was appointed federal CISO in September 2016, the role was a newly created position. Following the administrative appointment, Mr. Touhill remained federal CISO for four months.

The Trump administration has yet to fill  the federal CISO role. The administration has also not cast the federal CIO position, which would oversee the federal CISO.

"I think we need to firm up and make sure that this position is an enduring position, but we also need to empower the position such that that the chief information security officer can in fact have the authorities to choreograph and direct activities that are necessary to better manage our risk," Mr. Touhill said at the hearing.

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