Maj. Gen. Matt Easley has left his post as the director of cybersecurity and chief information security officer at the U.S. Army for a new position at the Department of Defense (DoD).

Easley is now the deputy principal information operations advisor to the secretary of Defense in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.

Previously, Easley served as the director of the Army Artificial Intelligence Task Force for about two years.

“I’d like to thank the entire Office of the CIO, the G-6, NETCOM, and a long list of other cyber security professionals that have improved the security posture of Army information systems during my tenure as the Army’s Chief Information Security Officer,” Easley said in a LinkedIn post. “It has been a huge honor working with this team, interacting with the rest of the DoD cyber security community, and seeing the great innovations that industry is bringing to make the Federal government more secure.”

Raj Iyer, the Army’s CIO, also wrote a LinkedIn post remarking on Easley’s departure, calling it “a bittersweet moment for us in the Army Chief Information Officer family as we bid farewell to Major General Matt Easley our first Chief Cybersecurity Officer in the new OCIO.”

“Matt has set us up on an awesome path to zero trust for both IT and Operational Technology. The Army’s FISMA scorecard under his leadership is the best across the entire DoD,” Iyer said. “Thank you Matt for everything you have done for us and best wishes on a very critical role in the DoD moving forward.”

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