Governing Body Spotlight

Co-Chair of the Washington, DC CISO Community

Carol Assi

Cybersecurity Chief Operations Officer

Department of Defense

Ms. Carol Assi is the Cybersecurity Chief Operations Officer to the Department of Defense (DoD), Deputy Chief Information Officer for Cybersecurity (DCIO(CS)) and DoD Chief Information Security Officer. In this role, Ms. Assi is the principal advisor on all matters related to cybersecurity within the DoD, including providing guidance over all cybersecurity resources across DoD Components.

Most recently, Ms. Assi served as the Director for Cyber Activities Budget Oversight (CABO), which supported DoD Chief Information Officer (CIO) cybersecurity program execution. Prior to joining the DoD CIO, she served as the Army CIO Acting Deputy Director for Cybersecurity. At the Defense Information Systems Agency, Ms. Assi served as the Deputy Chief for Computer Network Defense Solutions Division. She earned an M.S. in National Security Strategy from the National War College. She holds an M.S. in Information Systems and a B.S in Electrical Engineering.

Learn more about the Washington, DC CISO community here.

What is one of your guiding leadership principles?

Plan to achieve an outcome.

With disruption being a key theme of recent years, where do you see the CISO role going in the next 1-2 years?

Align policies and operations to expedite technology deployment while maintaining an acceptable level of risk to mission.

What advice would you give to someone just starting out as a CISO?

Grow your network of partnerships, communicate and collaborate with the stakeholders.

Tell us three fun facts about yourself.

  1. I am a swimmer.
  2. I am a good cook.
  3. I like to travel.

What is the value of joining an Evanta community?

The opportunity to continuously learn from experts in industry and government.

Evanta Governing Body members share their insights and leadership perspectives to shape the agendas and topics that address the top priorities impacting business leaders today.

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