CIA selects new CISO with deep private sector experience


The CIA announced on Thursday that it had selected a new chief information security officer, the latest in a series of senior hires the clandestine agency has made as it shifts its focus towards technology. and innovation.

Joseph “Rich” Baich takes the position of CISO, the agency said in a statement. He will be responsible for “leading the strategy and implementation of the agency’s cybersecurity capabilities across the CIA’s information technology ecosystem,” he added.

Baich most recently worked at American Insurance Group (AIG) as Global Director of Information Security. He was previously CISO of Well Fargo and Director at Deloitte. His resume also includes government experience: He was previously assigned as a special assistant to the deputy director of the FBI’s National Infrastructure Protection Center, according to the CIA.

In a LinkedIn post on Thursday, Baich also cited his background as a U.S. Navy cryptologist and information warfare officer.

“To continue to compete in a digital world, we will innovate, deter, defend, and enable the CIA’s diverse and integrated cyber workforce to ensure mission success,” Baich wrote.

William MacMillan previously served as CISO.

“This is a huge victory for America and for the incredibly talented, dedicated and professional women and men of the CIA’s Office of Cybersecurity,” MacMillan said in response to Baich’s message.

The appointment comes just weeks after CIA Director William Burns, who has prioritized innovation in a bid to keep pace with China’s technological advancements, announced the agency had hired its first chief technology officer.

The CIA said Baich would “associate closely” with its new CIO, La’Naia J. Jones.

The record first reported that Jones, who has held various cybersecurity-related positions at the National Security Agency and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, joined the spy agency in February.

Martin is a senior cybersecurity reporter for The Record. He has spent the past five years at Politico, where he covered Congress, the Pentagon and the US intelligence community and was a driving force behind the publication’s cybersecurity newsletter.


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