Security Officer to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition,
US Department of Defense
Katherine "Katie" Arrington currently is the Chief
Information Security Officer, CISO(A) to the Assistant Secretary of Defense
for Acquisition, ASD(A). In this position, she serves as the central hub and
integrator within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for
Acquisition and Sustainment, OUSD(A&S), to align acquisition cyber strategy.
As the CISO (A), Ms. Arrington is responsible to
ensure the incorporation of integrated security/cyber efforts within
USD(A&S) with the purpose of providing a focused and streamlined governance
approach and to provide a central coordination point and common compliance
standard that serves to synchronize the various existing disparate cyber
security efforts and standards across the Department and Industry as it
relates to A&S equities.
Ms. Arrington is leading efforts that will help to
ensure a robust Supply Chain Risk Management (SCRM), establish Defense
Industrial Base Security and Resilience, and establish a common standard in
Cyber Security Standards. She also meets with key Cyber personnel (across
both DoD and Federal Agencies) as well as legislators to ensure that changes
made in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) are supportive in
reaching the goals of decreased spending and increased compliance with
current and future standards.
Before assuming her position in OUSD(A&S), Ms.
Arrington had an extensive career as a legislator and senior cyber
executive. Ms. Arrington was a candidate for South Carolina US House of
Representative 2018 and a South Carolina State Representative for 2 terms.
She has substantial experience and capabilities in cyber strategy, policy,
enablement and implementation across a wide range of domains, including DoD,
Federal, Healthcare and State. She acquired her experience in cyber over the
past 15 years with Booz Allen Hamilton, Centuria Corporation and Dispersive
Networks. This has given her the unique experience of working at a large
business, small business and non-traditional contractor for the government.
She attended Canisius College in Buffalo, NY.