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Barry FieldApril 19, 2021

Greg Touhill Returning to the Public Sector

Today, Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute, announced it has appointed retired Brigadier General Gregory Touhill, previously the Federal Chief Information Security Officer of the United States government during the Obama administration and President of Appgate Federal Group, as the Director the Software Engineering Institute CERT Division.


A federally funded research and development center sponsored by the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, the SEI’s CERT Division is known around the world for its culture of innovation in cybersecurity areas such as cyber incident management, malicious software analysis, cyber resilience, insider threat detection and mitigation, and cyber workforce development.

It has been a privilege to work with Greg over the last four years. He is a passionate thought leader and advocate for Zero Trust, a modern security strategy grounded in the notion of providing least-privileged access to the network. Along with championing the adoption of Zero Trust, Greg understands the wide-ranging domain of cybersecurity deeply. He has a unique ability to focus on the most pressing issues and build consensus on how to meet our largest, most complex challenges.

Greg’s energy is tireless, and his enthusiasm for the subject area infectious. He is just what our country needs to help federal agencies, organizations, and individuals safely navigate an increasingly threatening global cyber landscape. In his new role, he will lead a team of more than 300 cyber experts to solve pressing security challenges like securing the cyber supply chain and protecting critical infrastructure. His new team are fortunate to have him at the helm, and our nation is lucky that he has agreed to serve our country in this globally important role.

Thank you, General Touhill. We are all grateful for your service.

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