Suneel Cherukuri, a former engineer and a longtime contractor has been named as the new Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for D.C., government’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) announced in a press release on Wednesday.
“OCTO, since our inception 15-plus years ago, we’ve
always had a mixture of contractors and government employees. Just because
technology moves so fast and we have to try to keep up with it,” said Michael Rupert, OCTO Communications
According to his LinkedIn profile, Cherukuri comes
with 20 years of experience in “large enterprise network environments”,
specializing in cyber security architecture, design, engineering and
operations. On LinkedIn, he’s listed as a cyber security architect at OCTO.
Earlier, Cherukuri was a cybersecurity architect for
over four years at Networking For Future (NFF), an IT firm in D.C. Before this
stint, he worked as senior technical analyst at ANZ, Australia’s largest bank.
It was his previous work at D.C. which made him a contender
for the new role, according to communications director of OCTO. From 2006 to
2010, Cherukuri worked in D.C. as senior network security engineer.
Cherukuri said in a statement that his
promotion is “a true honor and a great responsibility.”
“Cybersecurity is one of the biggest
challenges that is faced in today’s world of digital governance. We can never
be 100 percent protected from all the cyber threats, the key is to be better
prepared by investing wisely in technology and people and focus on reducing
overall risk factors,” said the new Chief
Information Security Officer.
Cherukuri will be in charge of overall security
in D.C. government, overseeing cybersecurity and coordinating protection of
information resources from internal and external threats. The security architecture of OCTO and
engineering division will also be helmed by him.
Technology Officer Barney Krucoff in
a statement said that Cherukuri’s appointment is a “well-deserved promotion.”
“Suneel provided critical expertise as
OCTO focused on expanding and strengthening our cybersecurity efforts over the
past decade,” said Krucoff.