White House loses its top two IT officials

President Obama's top two information technology officials are stepping down, months after Russian hackers reportedly infiltrated the White House.

Karen Britton, chief information officer for the Executive Office of the President (EOP) since 2012, will leave to join Maryland-based IT firm e-Management. Alissa Johnson, the EOP’s deputy CIO for the past three years, is also departing the White House, according to multiple reports.


The move comes after it was revealed the White House brought in a top Google security engineer, Parisa Tabriz, to help right the ship following the breach. There’s no indication, however, that the two events are directly related.

Hackers infiltrated the White House in late October, most likely to spy on its computer network and get a sense of how well certain types of malware attacks could penetrate U.S. systems, according to experts.

In November, Tabriz’s resume on LinkedIn said she “advised the Executive Office of the President on industry best practices to enhance network and software security at the White House.”

Tabriz was working at the White House with the recently formed U.S. Digital Service, a federal IT tech squad of Silicon Valley transplants.

The resume has since been edited to remove the references.

American Civil Liberties Union Principal Technologist Christopher Soghoian first noticed the odd line on Tabriz’s resume, which referred to her work for the White House as a “Top Secret / Classified project.”