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September 2017, Vol. 19, No. 7

Meet the new government CISO for the nation's capital

A week before the inauguration of the new U.S. president in January, portions of a police surveillance camera system in Washington, D.C., were infected by ransomware, making them inoperative for several days. The cybersecurity incident underscored the special challenges for a municipal government that lives cheek by jowl with America's national government. Three years ago, the District of Columbia's Homeland Security Commission's 2013 Annual Report recommended the city establish the position of CISO to help provide an information security program to address the overlay of systems between the federal and local governments. Finally, after a lengthy search, part of that goal was accomplished in 2016 with the recruitment of John MacMichael to be government CISO for the District of Columbia's Office of the Chief Technology Officer. A retired navy captain, MacMichael was heralded for launching and leading successful cybersecurity and military IT organizations within the public sector, the U.S. Navy and the Department of Defense. ...

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