CISO leaving Commerce for GAO

Nancy DeFrancesco, the Commerce Department's Chief Information Security Officer, is leaving the department to return to the Government Accountability Office.

She will serve in GAO as an assistant director for security on the watchdog agency's Information Technology team, the same position she held before going to Commerce in April 2002.

In May 2006, DeFrancesco convinced Commerce officials to establish an education and training program for its information security professionals. The department awarded a contract to (ISC) 2 Inc. of Palm Harbor, Fla., to provide courses for employees to earn designations as Certified Information Systems Security Professionals (CISSP), System Security Certified Professionals (SSCP) and Certification and Accreditation Professionals (CAP).

DeFrancesco declined to comment on her reasons for returning to GAO.

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