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Clifton Triplett Joins OPM as Senior Cyber, IT Adviser; Beth Cobert Comments

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cyberClifton Triplett, formerly managing partner at global management consulting firm SteelPointe Partners, has been named senior information technology and cyber adviser at the Office of Personnel Management.

Triplett will report directly to acting OPM Director Beth Cobert and will work to advance IT investments and services and help the agency meet its cybersecurity goals, OPM said Wednesday.

He will also collaborate with OPM’s chief information officer to help respond to recent cyber incidents, craft plans in order to help prevent future cyber attacks and suggest ways on how to protect the agency’s data networks from such attacks.

Beth Cobert
Beth Cobert

Triplett’s appointment is part of the “federal government’s efforts to strengthen our cybersecurity posture and provide assistance to individuals impacted by the recent cyber intrusions,” Cobert said.

The recruitment of a cybersecurity adviser is one of the 15 measures in OPM’s Cybersecurity Action Report.

Triplett is a three-decade IT industry veteran who has held CIO roles at various companies, such as oil field services company Baker Hughes, Motorola and Honeywell Aerospace.

He also served for 10 years in the U.S. Army, where he held the role of company commander and IT requirements officer.

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