Former U.S. CISO Touhill lands as president of Cyxtera federal division

Greg Touhill speaks at FedTalks 2016.


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Greg Touhill, the first U.S. chief information security officer, has taken over as president of Cyxtera Federal Group, the newly formed federal contracting arm of secure infrastructure company Cyxtera Technologies.

An Obama appointee, Touhill was not asked to stay as U.S. CISO when President Donald Trump assumed office in January.  Now he will oversee Cyxtera Federal Group, launched as a means to connect public sector agencies with technology already being used in the private sector.

As Ryan Johnston reports on CyberScoop, Touhill developed a five-step strategic plan for shoring up federal cybersecurity efforts. The CISO position he occupied was created by the Office of Management and Budget through the Cybersecurity National Action Plan and left Touhill in charge of developing cyber practices across the federal government.

Prior to his CISO nomination, he served as a deputy assistant secretary at the Department of Homeland Security.

“The ways that the federal government can improve are codified in the strategic plan that I put together — the strategic goals while I was the Federal CISO,” Touhill told CyberScoop. “Harden the workforce, treat information as an asset, do the right things the right way, continually innovate and invest wisely, and then finally, make informed cyber risk decisions at the right level.”

Read more about Touhill’s appointment on CyberScoop. 

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