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Cybersecurity Vet Jeanette Hanna-Ruiz to Join NASA as CIO for IT Security

Jeanette Hanna-Ruiz
Jeanette Hanna-Ruiz

Jeanette Hanna-Ruiz, former director at Microsoft, will join NASA on Aug. 8 as chief information officer for information technology security.

Hanna-Ruiz was also selected by NASA CIO Renee Wynn to serve as senior agency information security official, the space agency said Monday.

Hanna-Ruiz served for nearly four years at Microsoft as director and manager of consulting services business.

The 20-year cybersecurity professional also worked at Computer Sciences Corp. as director of cyber forensics and information assurance and at the University of Maryland as a professor of the practice focused on cybersecurity.

She spent more than two years at the Department of Homeland Security as chief of staff for the national protection and programs directorate.

She also offered consulting support to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and helped the panel draft cybersecurity bills.

Hanna-Ruiz served as one of the authors of the Cyberspace Policy Review during her tenure as director of cybersecurity policy and member of the national security staff at the White House.

She also worked at the Transportation Department as chief of staff of the Federal Transit Administration.

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