Touhill: What It Takes to Be ResilientEx-Federal CISO Starts New Role as Head of SEI’s CERT Division
As a retired Air Force general and the former federal CISO of the United States, Gregory Touhill is well-versed in critical infrastructure protection and resiliency. Now, as the new director of CMU SEI's CERT division, he has the opportunity to help foster new levels of education and collaboration.
In a video interview with Information Security Media Group as part of its RSA Conference 2021 coverage, Touhill discusses:
- His new role;
- What the pandemic has taught us about resilience;
- The threats and threat actors of greatest immediate concern.
As the new director of the Software Engineering Institute’s world-renowned CERT Division, Touhill leads a diverse group of researchers, software engineers, security analysts and digital intelligence specialists working together to research security vulnerabilities in software products, contribute to long-term changes in networked systems and develop information and training to improve the practice of cybersecurity. Touhill was appointed by former President Barack Obama to be the first CISO of the United States government. Previously, he served in the Department of Homeland Security as deputy assistant secretary in the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications. Before joining SEI, he was president of Appgate Federal, a provider of cybersecurity products and services to civilian government and defense agencies. Touhill is a 30-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force and served as a senior leader of military cybersecurity and information technology programs, culminating as the CIO of the United States Transportation Command. He retired from the Air Force with the rank of brigadier general.