Federal CISO DeRusha stepping down

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Federal CISO DeRusha stepping down
Federal CISO DeRusha stepping down

“As Deputy National Cyber Director with ONCD, while continuing his excellent work as Federal CISO, he has been a trusted and valued partner,” said National Cyber Director Harry Coker, Jr., in a statement.

Federal Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Chris DeRusha is resigning from his position at the Office of Management and Budget.

Since his hiring in early 2021, DeRusha has fulfilled the function of CISO. At the Office of the National Cyber Director, he also serves as the deputy national cyber director for federal cybersecurity.

DeRusha oversaw programs including the federal zero trust policy, software security initiatives, and more while serving as the federal cyber chief.

“Chris has been instrumental in strengthening our nation’s cybersecurity, protecting America’s critical infrastructure, and improving the digital defenses of the federal government,” Clare Martorana, the federal CIO, said in a statement. “I wish him the best and know he will continue to serve as a leading voice within the cybersecurity community.”

“As Deputy National Cyber Director with ONCD, while continuing his excellent work as Federal CISO, he has been a trusted and valued partner,” said National Cyber Director Harry Coker, Jr., in a statement. “Chris’s keen insights, experience, and judgment have been integral to the work we’ve done and what we will continue to do to strengthen our Nation’s cyber infrastructure.”

DeRusha served as Michigan’s top security officer prior to joining OMB in 2021 and as the CISO for the Biden for President campaign. DeRusha has held roles in government at OMB and the Department of Homeland Security, and he has also worked in the private sector. In 2023, DeRusha was awarded Fed 100 awards, mostly for his efforts in carrying out national cybersecurity policies.

The precise date of DeRusha’s intended departure and the identity of the person who will assume the CISO position in his absence were not disclosed by OMB.

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