DHS gains chief security officer

Homeland Security secretary Tom Ridge has named Jack L. Johnson as the department's chief security officer. Johnson was the acting CSO on detail from the Secret Service.

His tasks include supporting CIO Steve Cooper in matters of classified IT policy. Johnson will have broad responsibilities for personnel, administrative, operational, physical and technical security; counterintelligence; investigations; inspections; and special programs.

Johnson is a 20-year Secret Service veteran, where he was a special agent in charge and deputy assistant director. He also served as a police officer for Fairfax County, Va., and as a criminal investigator in the Army.

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