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At this critical time as OPM and its government-wide partners work to strengthen the Federal Government’s cybersecurity posture, I’m excited to once again answer the call to public service.

Photo of Clifton Triplett with white background. Headline: CLIFTON TRIPLETT. Subhead: OPM SENIOR CYBER AND ITS ADVISOR.Let me tell you a little bit about myself. I began my cybersecurity work as an officer in the U.S. Army Signal Corps after graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point.

After my military career, I continued my IT security work in civilian life, working with some of America’s largest companies and industry leaders in telecommunications, oil field services, tractor, automotive, and aerospace industries. Before accepting Acting Director Cobert’s request that I return to serving the American people, I was a managing partner at SteelPointe Partners, a global management consulting company.

As OPM’s new Senior Cyber and Information Technology Advisor, I am committed to working in collaboration with the talented team at this agency, our partners across government, and our stakeholders to continue efforts to strengthen our cybersecurity posture and provide assistance to those affected by the recent cybersecurity intrusions.

All of us have an important role to play in securing our systems and protecting our information, and I am looking forward to supporting these critical efforts across the Federal Government.

I am eager to help support OPM’s ongoing response to the cybersecurity incidents, complete the development of OPM’s IT infrastructure improvement project, which will help further guard against and mitigate future incidents, and provide recommendations to Acting Director Cobert for further measures we can take. I believe we can best secure the agency’s IT architecture by leveraging the talent and resources of this agency along with those who have been supporting us across the Federal Government and the private sector.  We cannot define and provide the best solutions alone.

OPM, in partnership with other organizations such as DHS and the FBI, has identified many positive actions to enhance the security posture of the agency, and several of those have been completed or are near completion.

Two-factor “strong-authentication” for all of our users within the agency was a major effort that is now completed. We have also expanded continuous monitoring of all our systems, and deployed additional advanced network security technologies. These actions have significantly improved our perimeter and internal security controls. I look forward to continuing down this path of progress as we work on additional opportunities to enhance the security and performance of our systems.

I look forward to continuing OPM’s commitment and relentless dedication to protecting its valuable IT systems and information. I appreciate Acting Director Cobert and her team’s confidence in my ability to make a contribution to this important work.

Together, I know we will continue to provide a comprehensive response to the cybersecurity intrusions into OPM’s systems, and continue to develop OPM’s IT infrastructure, thereby serving the needs of OPM’s customers and protecting the safety and security of its data

Clifton Triplett is the Senior Cyber and Information Technology Advisor at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. 


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