By Ben Bain
January 29, 2008
After almost 40 years of federal government work, Dennis Heretick will
step down at the end of the week. Heretick, who has been the Justice
Departments chief information security officer for more than four and a
half years, will retire after a career at the center of federal
information technology for decades.
An IT security advocate, Heretick most recently led Justices efforts to
automate the processes necessary for certifying and accrediting federal
information systems. During his watch, Justice has created tools that
many agencies have already begun to use to automatically monitor
information security controls, making aspects of Federal Information
Security Management Act reporting easier and bolstering reciprocity
among disparate information systems.
He plans to work as a consultant for the Office of the Director of
National Intelligences chief information officer on a program to
transform and establish a unified federal approach to certification and
Im at the point in my life when Id like to work with the intelligence
community, he said.
Kevin Deeley, currently Hereticks deputy, will be acting CISO until a
permanent replacement is named.
Heretick said that the CISO position at Justice was a dream job, but
that hes already stayed longer than the three years he planned to serve.
It was an opportunity for me to share what I had learned and done in
[the Defense Department] and work in the federal side and work downtown,
Heretick said he is most proud of the work he did at Justice in
identifying data access controls to help employees get access in a more
secure way. Heretick also said the biggest challenge was limited
Prior to his work at Justice, Heretick was chief of the information
assurance division at the Defense Logistics Agency.
Heretick was selected for the Federal CIO Councils Leadership Award in
2005 for his accomplishments in implementing a comprehensive IT security
program and for the Federal 100 Award in 2006.
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