HHS says new officer will focus on cybersecurity

The Department of Health and Human Services has named Beth Anne Killoran as its new chief information officer. 

In a Friday blog post announcing the hire, Acting Deputy Secretary Mary Wakefield said Killoran will focus on cybersecurity issues. 

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“Our Department is stronger thanks to her willingness to serve the American people,” Wakefield wrote.

Killoran, who joined HHS in 2014, is an 11-year veteran of the Department of Homeland Security. She holds a master of science in technology management from the University of Maryland.  

The blog post outlines four key areas where Killoran will focus, including two information programs on “healthy” cybersecurity, training employees to recognize bogus emails through simulated phishing attacks and a pilot program to outline IT workforce requirements for the department to meet today and in the future.