Katie Arrington is the Chief Information Security Officer with the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment OUSD(A&S) at the United States Department of Defense. Her responsibilities include ensuring a robust Supply Chain Risk Management (SCRM), establishing Defense Industrial Base Security and Resilience, and creating a common standard in Cyber Security Standards. Previously, Ms. Arrington was a candidate for the US House of Representatives and a South Carolina State Representative for 2 terms. She has substantial experience in cyber strategy, policy, enablement and implementation across a wide range of domains, including DoD, Federal, Healthcare and State.
In this interview, Ms. Arrington shares her view from the Pentagon of the pandemic and how the experience mirrors the terrorist attacks on 9/11. She also shares an interesting story about how she got her start in cybersecurity, how FaceTime, telehealth and food delivery apps have become essential services during COVID, and the surprising individuals who inspire her the most.
We hope you enjoy this insightful conversation with Ms. Arrington.