Defense

Essye Miller named acting DOD CIO

Essye Miller here as Director, Headquarters Air Force Information Management 

Essye Miller, shown here during her time at the Air Force, will serve as acting CIO for the Department of Defense.

Essye Miller is now the Defense Department's acting CIO, the agency has confirmed.

Miller currently serves as the DOD's deputy CIO for cybersecurity and chief information security officer. She'll be acting CIO following John Zangardi’s departure to join the Department of Homeland Security. Miller's new appointment is effective Dec. 8.

As acting CIO, Miller will spearhead the department’s cybersecurity efforts, including policies, procedures and partnerships, and serve as Defense Secretary James Mattis' primary advisor for IT, information assurance, non-intelligence space systems, critical satellite communications, telecommunications, navigation and timing programs, and spectrum, according to her updated biography. Miller will retain her official duties as deputy CIO of cybersecurity and senior information security officer.

The Defense Department CIO position has seen a lot of turnover this year with former CIO Zangardi who was acting CIO before taking over from Terry Halvorsen who joined Samsung earlier this year. Miller's appointment makes her the department’s second acting CIO this year and part of a growing trend of temporary federal CIOs in the Trump administration.

In March, Miller was recognized with Federal 100 honors for her cyber strategy work. Before joining the DOD CIO office, she served as the Department of the Army’s cybersecurity director in 2016, helping reshape its cybersecurity posture, and also held a senior post in the Air Force.

About the Author

Lauren C. Williams is a staff writer at FCW covering defense and cybersecurity.

Prior to joining FCW, Williams was the tech reporter for ThinkProgress, where she covered everything from internet culture to national security issues. In past positions, Williams covered health care, politics and crime for various publications, including The Seattle Times.

Williams graduated with a master's in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park and a bachelor's in dietetics from the University of Delaware. She can be contacted at lwilliams@fcw.com, or follow her on Twitter @lalaurenista.

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