Social Security selects CISO

The Social Security Administration has a new chief information security officer'John T. Smith, who started last month. Smith replaces Benjamin Eu, who left in May.

Smith came to SSA from the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management, where he was chief of the Division of IT Security and Bureau IT Security Manager. He was responsible for oversight of enterprise IT security. Primarily located in the western United States, the enterprise IT infrastructure was distributed across 16 centers and state offices and accessed by more than 13,000 users, SSA said.

Under Smith's leadership, the Bureau of Land Management attained among the best scores in the department on compliance with the Federal Information Security Management Act in each year he managed the division, the agency said.

Smith also has served with the Treasury Department's Financial Management Service in IT security where he administered elements of the IT Security Program and conducted IT security oversight reviews of banks and financial agents performing work for FMS.

Smith spent 10 years in industry and is retired from the U. S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations.

He earned his master's degree from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, and bachelor's degress from the University of Nebraska and from the College of St. Mary, both in Omaha, Neb.

About the Author

Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.


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