Center for Internet Security Taps Ex-AF CIO as Chair

Former De facto Federal CIO Karen Evans also Named to Board
Center for Internet Security Taps Ex-AF CIO as Chair
John Gilligan, the former Air Force and Energy Departments chief information officer and leader in the recent Consensus Audit Guidelines initiatives, is the new board chairman of the not-for-profit Center for Internet Security.

Gilligan, who took over last month, succeeded CIS co-founder Franklin Reeder, president of The Reeder Group, who led the group since its inception nine years ago. Reeder will remain on the board.

The new chairman is one of the more influential leaders in information security in Washington, and serves on the Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th Presidency.

Also elected to the CIS board was Karen Evans, the former administrator for e-government and IT in the Office of Management and Budget, who served as the de facto federal CIO in the Bush White House. Gilligan and Evans head their own IT consultancies. Phil Venables, chief information security officer of the investment firm Goldman Sachs, also was named to the board.

CIS is a self-described organization that helps enterprises reduce the risk of business and e-commerce disruptions resulting from inadequate technical security controls, and provides enterprises with resources for measuring information security status and making rational security investment decisions. CIS develops and distributes consensus-based benchmarks for secure configuration of operating systems, software applications and network devices.

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Interviews with Gilligan

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Eric Chabrow

Eric Chabrow

Retired Executive Editor, GovInfoSecurity

Chabrow, who retired at the end of 2017, hosted and produced the semi-weekly podcast ISMG Security Report and oversaw ISMG's GovInfoSecurity and InfoRiskToday. He's a veteran multimedia journalist who has covered information technology, government and business.

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