General Gregory Touhill is currently president of AppGate Federal Group. He was previously selected by President Obama as the U.S. government’s first CISO. His other civilian government service includes duties as the deputy assistant secretary for cybersecurity and communications in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and as director of the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, where he led national programs to protect the United States and its critical infrastructure. Touhill is a retired Air Force general officer, a highly decorated combat leader, an accomplished author, a former American diplomat and a senior executive with documented high levels of success on the battlefield and in the boardroom.
Touhill says he is optimistic about the upcoming administration transition, remarking that keeping cybersecurity non-partisan has remained key for both national security and national prosperity.
“I feel pretty confident that having been a member of the military and gone through numerous transitions, as well as, as a senior executive in government, the community is pretty tight when it comes to cybersecurity and national security.”
In this episode of Cybersecurity Unplugged, Touhill discusses:
- Ramifications of digital acceleration, transformation and the shift to work from anywhere;
- Cybersecurity from the viewpoint of national security;
- The upcoming transition in presidential administrations;
- How to approach cyber deterrence and have robust “defend forward” posture.