Profile: Matthew McCormack, DIA CISO

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Matthew McCormack

Matthew McCormack is the chief information security officer at the Defense Intelligence Agency, where he is responsible for cyber protection of the agency’s global information system infrastructure by performing strategic information assurance planning, assessing infrastructure protection mechanisms and developing technical and policy guidelines.

He also advises the agency’s director and chief information officer on information assurance and cybersecurity matters and supports the agency’s responsibilities in this area as defined in national, defense and intelligence community policies.

McCormack entered federal service in 2004 at the Internal Revenue Service as the chief security architect, responsible for secure application development across the service.

Three years later, he entered the Senior Executive Service as director for security engineering at the IRS and became director of cybersecurity operations in 2008, holding responsibility for maintaining security functions across the enterprise.

During his career as a U.S. Navy cryptologic officer, he served as a mobile network security team lead for the Naval Security Group and as an airborne intelligence collections officer on the EP-3E aircraft.

While stationed at NSGA Bahrain, he helped support the enforcement of a no-fly zone over Iraq, the war in Afghanistan and the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, where DIA says he accrued more than 2,200 hours of flight time.

McCormack holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and a master’s degree in operations research from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, as well as an M.B.A. from the University of West Florida.

He also holds technical certifications as a Certified Information System Security Professional and a Certified Secure Software Development.

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