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Pentagon Puts CIO In Charge of Cybersecurity Programs

PentagonThe Defense Department has updated the roles and responsibilities of its chief information officer to include cybersecurity, transferring to the CIO duties formerly held by the assistant secretary for networks and information integration.

The latter position has been dissolved and the CIO will now be responsible for overseeing the department’s programs for cybersecurity, information security and information assurance, FCW reported Tuesday.

Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter ordered the assistant secretary’s powers be moved to the CIO’s responsibility in January 2012, according to FCW.

Amber Corrin writes the new directive directs the CIO to participate in cybersecurity oversight groups and collaborate with the commander of U.S. Cyber Command on cyber operations, information network defense and monitoring, cyberspace threats and domain requirements.

A department spokesperson referred to the directive as a housekeeping measure intended to update the Pentagon’s information technology priorities.

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