Pentagon Vet David DeVries Named OPM CIO; Beth Cobert Comments

David De Vries
David DeVries

David DeVries, principal deputy chief information officer of the Defense Department, is set to join the Office of Personnel Management in the coming weeks as CIO.

The 35-year DoD veteran will provide strategic leadership to help strengthen OPM’s cyber posture through partnership with other agencies as part of the White House’s Cybersecurity National Action Plan, OPM said Tuesday.

“David has decades worth of the technical and management experience necessary to hit the ground running as we continue our technology transformation efforts, and work with our partners at DoD to stand up the National Background Investigations Bureau,” said Beth Cobert, OPM acting director.

As OPM CIO, he will oversee efforts to deploy a two-factor authentication system, implement a continuous monitoring program, recruit a cybersecurity adviser position and establish a centralized information technology  security workforce at the agency.

He will also help the agency modify its network to grant remote access exclusively for government-owned computers, deploy new cybersecurity tools and a data loss prevention system and expand social engineering awareness training programs, OPM noted.

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