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CHIPS Articles: Introducing a newly empowered CIO

Introducing a newly empowered CIO
By Sharon Anderson, CHIPS senior editor - October-December 2019
It’s a pleasure to present the Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer, Aaron Weis, with his introductory column in this edition. Mr. Weis joined the DON senior executive team in late September as the CIO and Principal Staff Assistant to the Secretary of the Navy for information management, digital, data and cyber strategy. Four senior officials will soon join him:

- Chief Technology Officer: responsible for establishment and enforcement of technical architecture standards and policies.

- Chief Data Officer: responsible for data and information across the DON.

- Chief Digital Innovation Officer: responsible for the adaptation, prioritization of investment, and incorporation of emerging information management related technologies into the DON.

- Chief Information Security Officer: responsible for maintaining the security of DON Data and information regardless of where it resides.

Be sure to read the Message from the DON CIO column in this edition.

Technology, combined with the free flow of information on the internet, has brought people together, enabled a vibrant U.S. economy, fostered educational opportunities, advanced innovative ideas, extended the reach of telemedicine, and more — not to mention how it has totally reshaped the lives of Americans as they conduct their daily routine.

Unhappily, along with its tremendous benefits to society, it is also used to influence and destabilize populations and spread false narratives. International cybercriminals take advantage of its reach to defraud victims, perpetrate money-laundering schemes and facilitate the horrors of human and arms trafficking.

The Navy’s focus for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month focuses on how its cybersecurity posture is unceasingly threatened by nation states, ideologically motivated hackers, cybercriminals, and malicious insiders. The DON cybersecurity workforce and Cyber Mission Forces battle these cyberspace adversaries every day. However, cybersecurity is everyone’s responsibility, #BeCyberSmart, and take advantage of the resources at the links below to keep yourself and your workplace cyber safe.

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CHIPS 2019 October-December cover: A Marine plots coordinates of simulated enemy positions with a Target Handoff System version 2.0 during a Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation at Camp Lejeune, N.C., April 20, 2017. THSv2 is a man-portable system that employs commercial off-the-shelf, shock-resistant tablets to perform various targeting functions. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Taylor W. Cooper)
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