Paul Beckman is leaving his position as CISO at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), MeriTalk has learned.

He will be heading to Leidos joint venture company Consolidated Nuclear Security that supports the Department of Energy (DoE) and the National Nuclear Security Administration, where he will be the CISO charged with protecting nuclear plants, the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn., and DoE’s Pantex Plant in Texas that handles nuclear weapons assembly.

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Beckman’s departure from DHS caps an illustrious 15-year-career with the agency. He rose to CISO at the beginning of 2018 after a short stint as deputy CISO. For nearly 12 years before that, he was CISO for DHS’s Headquarters component.

Taking over as Acting CISO at DHS will be Dr. Thresa Lang, who became deputy CISO and principal cyber advisor for Risk Management and Policy last October. Before that she was deputy director for the Office of Deputy Department of Navy CIO.

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John Curran
John Curran
John Curran is MeriTalk's Managing Editor covering the intersection of government and technology.