Hadesty on tap for USDA cybersecurity job

Hadesty on tap for USDA cybersecurity job

By Tony Lee Orr

GCN Staff

Bill Hadesty plans to leave the IRS to develop a comprehensive cybersecurity plan for the Agriculture Department.

Hadesty is director of the IRS Office of Security, Evaluation and Oversight.

Anne F. Thomson Reed sought approval to create the post of associate chief information officer for cybersecurity from Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman before leaving her position last month as USDA's first CIO, officials said.

Her replacement, Joseph Leo, last week declined to comment on the new security position. Agriculture personnel officials had not confirmed Hadesty's move from the IRS, where he has worked for three years, Leo said.

Hadesty said he expects to learn in the next two or three weeks when he will begin work at Agriculture.

In his new job, Hadesty plans to implement and oversee a broad range of systems security measures.

'We need to set up a solid security system and make sure there is oversight so it continues,' Hadesty said, noting that some areas at the department have excellent computer security, while others need improvement.

A good security program overlaps itself, he said, and provides umbrellalike protection. A security plan should be all-encompassing and include access, personnel, software and myriad other issues, he said.

More is better

'There is no one security measure that you should rely on,' Hadesty said.

During his tenure at the IRS, Hadesty helped develop and implement systems security unique to government, he said. Prior to that, he spent 10 years at the Government Accounting Office as technical director of security.

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