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DHS' Mosley headed to FDIC

Sara Mosley, the chief enterprise architect for the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, will be leaving her post in mid-August, FCW has learned.

Mosley spent six years in various cybersecurity-related positions at DHS, including a stint as acting CTO for the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications in 2017. As one of the key drivers for the agency’s Trusted Internet Connection upgrade, she was responsible for overseeing an important security program run out of DHS and a key goal of the Trump administration’s IT modernization plan.

The TIC program, which focuses on the reduction and consolidation of external internet connections used by the federal government, has run through multiple iterations as officials have tweaked policies to encourage greater cloud adoption by agencies. Last year, Mosley said that the shift to a more cloud-focused TIC has forced DHS to go back to the drawing board on some aspects of the program.

"The idea of having access to any data, anywhere, with the cloud means you have to look at data protection differently," Mosley said. While "you still need the perimeter protections…you've got to look at it from a data-protection perspective -- that's really where network security is going." 

Before her tenure at DHS, Mosley spent three years at the Department of State, where she led the design and deployment of State’s own TIC program, work that earned her a Rising Star award in 2010.

A DHS spokesman confirmed Mosley’s impending departure and said her responsibilities will flow to Brian Gattoni, the new CTO for the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications.

Mosley will be heading to a new job at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

Note: This article was updated on Aug. 7 to correct Mosley's current title at DHS. 

About the Author

Derek B. Johnson is a senior staff writer at FCW, covering governmentwide IT policy, cybersecurity and a range of other federal technology issues.

Prior to joining FCW, Johnson was a freelance technology journalist. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, GoodCall News, Foreign Policy Journal, Washington Technology, Elevation DC, Connection Newspapers and The Maryland Gazette.

Johnson has a Bachelor's degree in journalism from Hofstra University and a Master's degree in public policy from George Mason University. He can be contacted at djohnson@fcw.com, or follow him on Twitter @derekdoestech.

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