(ISC)² is proud to present the 2017 F. Lynn McNulty Tribute Award to Brigadier general (ret.) Gregory Touhill, CISSP, former Federal Chief Information Security Officer.
Serving active duty for the Air Force from 1983 to 2013, retired Brig. Gen. Touhill’s distinguished military career culminated as the Chief Information Officer and Director of Command, Control, Communications and Cyber Systems at U.S. Transportation Command – one of the nation’s 10 combatant commands. As the Senior Cyberspace Operations Officer, he led the command’s cyberspace defense mission and oversaw a $500 million information technology portfolio. Greg transitioned to civilian service at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), where he led national programs to protect the U.S. and its critical infrastructure, serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity and Communications and as Director of the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center. One of his many accomplishments during his tenure at DHS included the expansion of the Cyber Information Sharing and Collaboration Program, growing participation from 26 to more than 160 companies. Most recently, Greg served as the first-ever Federal Chief Information Security Officer, a position over a decade in the making and one viewed as critical to elevating the government’s cybersecurity priority to the highest levels of government. While Greg’s opportunity to perform his new role during the final year of the Obama Administration was brief, he made a profound impact, quickly becoming the voice of the federal CISO community, strengthening partnerships with private industry and advocating for an open and transparent government that protects people’s information while preserving privacy civil rights and civil liberties. Whether as an Air Force general and highly decorated combat leader or as a senior civilian executive, Greg’s commitment to keeping this nation secure from cyber threats is evident in every role he has performed. Greg Touhill is a highly experienced leader of large, complex, diverse and global operations whose character, outstanding service and commitment upholds Lynn McNulty's legacy as a steadfast visionary and innovator of U.S. government cybersecurity.