Essye Miller, deputy chief information officer for cybersecurity and chief information security officer at the Defense Department, has assumed the position of DoD CIO on an acting basis and will continue to serve in her current role, FCW reported Friday.
She succeeds John Zangardi, who has been appointed by President Donald Trump as CIO for the Department of Homeland Security.
In her new capacity, Miller will be Defense Secretary James Mattis’ primary adviser for information technology, information assurance, non-intelligence space systems, critical satellite communications and telecommunications, among others.
She will also work to coordinate cybersecurity standards, policies and procedures with other federal agencies and partners.
Miller previously served as cybersecurity director for the U.S. Army CIO/G-6 and as senior information assurance officer at the service branch.
She also held various leadership positions at the U.S. Air Force such as CIO and information management director at the service branch’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.