Mike Witt appointed NASA Acting Chief Information Security Officer

April 19, 2017: Officials at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) are looking for a new Chief Information Security Officer for the second time in a year, as Jeannette Hanna-Ruiz, the space agency’s Associate Chief Information Officer for IT Security and the senior agency information security official, plans to resign on Friday, April 28, 2017, after only eight months in office, according to an internal e-mail message obtained by Federal News Radio. NASA CIO Renee Wynn said in the e-mail that Hanna-Ruiz’s last day would be April 28 and Mike Witt would subsequently be appointed as the Acting CISO. A NASA Spokesman confirmed that Hanna-Ruiz is resigning from office. Witt joined NASA as its Deputy CISO in February, 2017, coming from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, where among his positions he was the Deputy Director of US-CERT. He also worked at the Internal Revenue Services at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, at the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), Riptech, Inc., and at the U.S. Army. Hanna-Ruiz started working at NASA in August, 2016, after splitting time during her career in and out of government. She previously worked for the White House’s National Security Staff during the early part of the Obama administration on the Cyberspace Policy Review, and she worked on the Homeland Security Department-National Security Agency Joint Cyber Coordination Group. NASA is an independent federal government agency.

Attribution: Federal News Radio

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