Gregory Touhill Exits Role as Federal Chief Information Security Officer

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Gregory Touhill
Gregory Touhill

Gregory Touhill, federal chief information security officer, has stepped down Tuesday following a four-month stint as head of civilian cybersecurity policies within the Office of Management and Budget, Fifth Domain reported Wednesday.

Aaron Boyd writes Touhill’s resignation comes ahead of President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration Jan. 20 and on the same day as Federal Chief Information Officer Tony Scott’s departure.

Outgoing President Barack Obama established the federal CISO position in support of the Cybersecurity National Action Plan, the report said.

The White House selected Touhill in September 2016 as the first federal CISO who will lead a team within OMB that oversees the creation and implementation of cybersecurity policies and practices in the federal government.

Touhill served as a U.S. Air Force brigadier general and worked as deputy assistant secretary for cybersecurity and communications at the Department of Homeland Security, where he was in charge of the national protections and programs directorate’s programs.