Grant Schneider is now officially the top cybersecurity official in government

Grant Schneider speaks Oct. 26 at Dell Technologies' Digital Transformation Summit, presented by FedScoop. (FedScoop)

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Veteran government IT official Grant Schneider will serve as federal chief information security officer, an influential policy role charged with implementing cybersecurity practices across the executive branch, the Office of Management and Budget announced Thursday.

“Grant Schneider brings extensive cybersecurity experience well aligned to lead efforts in securing government systems from cyberattacks,” Margaret Weichert, OMB’s deputy director for management, said in a statement.

Schneider had been serving as federal CISO on an acting basis until Thursday. He is also a senior director for cybersecurity at the National Security Council (NSC), where he helps manage the government’s cyberdefense strategy.

The federal CISO chairs the CISO Council, which allows collaboration across agencies on issues like identity management and vulnerability response.

Sean Lyngaas has more at CyberScoop about the announcement.

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