OPM looking to hire for newly elevated CISO post

The Office of Personnel Management is continuing to boost its cybersecurity team, with the agency listing a job opening for its Chief Information Security Officer.

The Office of Personnel Management is continuing to bolster its cybersecurity team, listing a job opening for its chief information security officer.

The job listing comes as OPM has reworked its org chart associated with security. Formerly, cybersecurity at OPM was overseen by two positions: the director of IT security policy (vacant since May, last held by Andy Newton) and the director of the security operations center (Jeff Wagner). Now, the incoming CISO will oversee both of those positions.

The agency has been moving to upgrade its cybersecurity and bolster its senior personnel roster in the aftermath of the data breaches revealed in May that saw information on nearly 22 million current and former federal employees stolen from government data centers and prompted the resignation of the agency’s director.

The job listing comes as OPM announced the hiring of Clifton Triplett, who will serve as a cyber expert to counsel Acting Director Beth Cobert on evolving cybersecurity and IT-related issues.


The position, which requires a top secret clearance, will be responsible for the following inside the agency:

  • Oversee identity and access management;
  • Oversee regulatory compliance and ensure data privacy;
  • Establish and oversee the organization’s security architecture;
  • Provide senior strategic level guidance and counsel on national cyber security initiatives and issues;
  • Create and implement government-wide policies that support IT risk reduction for cyber security programs throughout the Federal government; and
  • Provide incident response and incident recovery to protect systems and data.

The job will pay between $121,956 to $168,700 per year, depending on experience

Applicants have until Nov. 19 to apply.

Greg Otto

Written by Greg Otto

Greg Otto is Editor-in-Chief of CyberScoop, overseeing all editorial content for the website. Greg has led cybersecurity coverage that has won various awards, including accolades from the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Society of Business Publication Editors. Prior to joining Scoop News Group, Greg worked for the Washington Business Journal, U.S. News & World Report and WTOP Radio. He has a degree in broadcast journalism from Temple University.

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