Former USPS cyber security chief hired by federal IT contractor

Just weeks after retiring as the postal service’s top computer security official, Chuck McGann is joining federal IT contractor CRGT as “Chief Cyber Strategist”. Presumably that means McGann will be trying to sell more of his new employer’s services to his old federal colleagues.

McGann’s retirement from the USPS last month came a week after the USPS revealed that it had allowed sensitive employee data to be accessed by hackers. Prior to that, the USPS admitted in August that it had lost its entire database of security incidents when the hard drive containing the data failed. (There was a backup, but it was stored on the same hard drive).

Here’s the CRGT press release announcing McGann’s hiring:

Reston, VA – December 8, 2014 – Charles L. (Chuck) McGann, the former Corporate Information Security Officer (CISO) for the United States Postal Service (USPS), has joined CRGT Inc. as the Chief Cyber Strategist. His initial responsibilities include assisting customers to meet their CyberSecurity goals.

CRGT President Tom Ferrando said, “Chuck’s expertise will guide CRGT’s Cyber Strategy and assist in providing Information Assurance expertise to address our client’s mission needs. Chuck will be a key contributor to CRGT as it expands its ability to support customer’s evolving CyberSecurity objectives.”

“Joining CRGT provides an opportunity for me to supportfederal government clients by leveraging years of experience in a complex CyberSecurity environment,” said Chuck McGann. “I welcome this challenge and look forward to bringing large-scale, CyberSecurity protection strategies to benefit current and future customers.”

In his former role as USPS CISO, Chuck was responsible for securing one of the largest intranets in the world with over 200,000 workstations; 40,000 retail terminals; 15,000 servers; and 250,000 mobile devices. The USPS’ infrastructure manages over 600 business applications that support all aspects of its business operations, including the movement of the mail.

McGann holds an MBA from Strayer University, a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, and two Associate’s degrees from Springfield Technical Community College. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and holds a certification for information assurance methodology (IAM) from the National Security Agency (NSA).

Chuck is the past co-Chair of the (ISC)2 Government Advisory Board on CyberSecurity, and served as a Government Information Security Leadership Awards Judge during recent years. He is a member of the Symantec Government Education Advisory Board, the RedSeal Customer Advisory Board, and former chair of the Federal CISO for CISO’s quarterly meetings.

Chuck has received numerous professional awards, including a recognition by the Information Security Executives (ISE) Southeast Awards 2012. He received the ISE National Executive of the Year Award for Government in 2012. In 2014, he was a nominee for the FedScoop 50 in Cybersecurity Leadership.

Read more: CRGT Announces Key Hire to Strengthen CyberSecurity Expertise – CRGT.

  • donowho

    wonderful I hope there is a job for me too!
    i once had my computer get a virus can I be a small digital cyber expert?