DHS CISO Jeff Eisensmith to retire

Jeff Eisensmith speaks Oct. 26 at Dell Technologies Digital Transformation Summit, presented by FedScoop. (FedScoop)


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Jeff Eisensmith, the Department of Homeland Security’s chief information security officer, will retire from government service, FedScoop has learned.

Eisensmith has been in charge of DHS’s cybersecurity operations since 2012 and helped oversee a number of agency efforts, from continuous diagnostic and mitigation for federal agencies and threat information sharing between government and the private sector.

In recent months, Eisensmith has been working on acquisition reform and innovation efforts within DHS, including developing a 18F-style startup unit for the agency and administering agile contracting pilots.

Prior to his tenure at DHS, Eisensmith served at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for five years as CISO and deputy CISO.

DHS officials said they had no personnel announcements at this time, but FedScoop confirmed that Eisensmith is set to leave the agency in coming months.

He joins a number of C-suite IT officers that have either transferred from their roles or have left government entirely in the past year, including Agriculture Department CIO Jonathan Alboum, Defense Department CIO Terry Halvorsen, Treasury CIO Sonny Bhagowalia, Office of Personnel Management CIO Dave DeVries, Department of Veterans Affairs CIO Rob Thomas, Environmental Protection Agency CISO Sean Kelley and others.

Federal News Radio first reported Eisensmith’s move.

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