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DHS Names Kenneth Bible as CISO; Karen Evans Quoted

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has appointed Kenneth Bible, former senior IT and cybersecurity official with the U.S. Marine Corps, as chief information security officer (CISO), FedScoop reported on Friday. 

Bible will succeed Paul Beckman, who left his 14-year career with DHS to become CISO at Consolidated Nuclear Security in Feb. 2020. After Beckman’s departure, Theresa Lang, deputy CISO with the department, served as CISO in an acting capacity.

Before his appointment with DHS, Bible served as deputy chief information officer (CIO) for U.S. Marine Corps. With the service, Bible formulated and provided broad policy guidance governing Information Technology, Cybersecurity and communications infrastructure and applications in support of the U.S. Marine Corps.

Bible was appointed to the senior executive service in March 2015, having joined executive service as a senior leader in March 2013. Prior to serving as deputy CIO, Bible served as the chief technology advisor for the Marine Corps Headquarters. 

As chief technology advisor, he supervised all matters pertaining to identification and validation of IT requirements. He also led continuing assessment and identification of emerging C4 and information technologies for exploitation and application in the warfighting and business domains. 

Prior to that, Bible served as the assistant program executive officer, Engineering, for PEO Enterprise Information Systems (EIS) as assigned by the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR).

Karen Evans, CIO of DHS, has previously discussed DHS’ priorities to consolidate department network and security operations centers, which Bible is projected to assist with. “It’s the next evolution of providing and managing risk to keep the business going while we are then analyzing, being aware of and being able to protect our operations,” Evans said last year.