Former Intelligence CIO New BofA CISO

Patrick Gorman Served in Bush and Obama Administrations
Former Intelligence CIO New BofA CISO
Patrick Gorman, a former associate director of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, is the new chief information security officer and senior vice president at Bank of America, the nation's largest bank company announced Thursday.

Gorman, who will be based in Washington, will report to Chief Technology Officer Marc Gordon.

In an interview with Information Security Media Group last summer (Is Infosec Worker Need Underestimated?), Gorman addressed the struggles businesses and governments face in finding IT security professionals to safeguard their organizations' digital assets. "We're not poised right now to create the number of people with the right skill sets that we need to really support the needs we're going to have, not only within government, but as I said earlier, within in the commercial sector as well," he said. "It is the most critical piece of cybersecurity."

For the past two years, Gorman has been serving as senior executive adviser for cybersecurity at the management consultancy Booz Allen Hamilton, where he was responsible for strategic planning and capability development for the firm's cybersecurity portfolio. Gorman had served in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence from March 2007 to April 2009, first as assistant deputy director for strategy, plans and policy, and then as acting associate director and chief information officer.

The national intelligence director is the president's principal intelligence adviser and coordinates activities among the government's intelligence agencies.

As acting CIO, according to his Linkedin profile, Gorman co-led the intelligence community's information integration program aimed to improve information sharing and collaboration by integration information and communications technology infrastructure and core services. He also led the intelligence community's incident response center and worked to streamline and better integrate security policies and platforms across the intelligence community and between the intelligence and Department of Defense. Gorman also spent 10 years in the Air Force in the Electronic Security Command, Air Force Intelligence and Air Force Special Operations Command on assignments for the National Security Agency's Central Security Service, the cryptologic support arm for the Department of Defense.

In last summer's interview, Gorman characterized human capital as the foundation of cybersecurity (Humans Most Critical Piece of Cybersecurity). "If we don't have human capital in place," he said, "the other stuff is not going to work."

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Eric Chabrow

Eric Chabrow

Retired Executive Editor, GovInfoSecurity

Chabrow, who retired at the end of 2017, hosted and produced the semi-weekly podcast ISMG Security Report and oversaw ISMG's GovInfoSecurity and InfoRiskToday. He's a veteran multimedia journalist who has covered information technology, government and business.

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