Experts: US needs a federal CISO

Last week, the Trump administration announced the appointment of a White House cybersecurity coordinator. That’s a good first step, security experts say, but the government also needs to have a federal CISO.

“It’s a big leadership vacancy,” said Sanjay Beri, CEO and co-founder at cloud security vendor Netskope.

The job of a federal CISO is very new — it was only created last year and filled in September with the appointment of retired brigadier general Gregory Touhill. He was previously the deputy assistant secretary for cybersecurity and communications at the Department of Homeland Security.

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