Former DHS CIO Richard Spires joins Resilient Network Systems as new CEO

Friday - 12/13/2013, 1:51pm EST

Richard A. Spires, the former chief information officer at the Homeland Security Department, was appointed the chief executive officer and member of the Board of Directors at Resilient Network Systems.

"I am pleased and excited to take the helm of this company with its strong team, rapidly maturing product offering, and a set of reference implementations," Spires said, in a statement.

Spires resigned from DHS in May after serving as its CIO for more than 3 1/2 years. While there, he oversaw a $5.6 billion annual budget and focused on updating the department's IT infrastructure.

Before coming to DHS, Spires served as the CIO and deputy commissioner at the Internal Revenue Service and as a senior vice president at SRA International, Inc.

"Richard Spires' experience at the IRS and DHS uniquely qualifies him to understand the challenges of delivering robust security and privacy while sharing highly sensitive data across disparate organizations and people on a national scale," said Jonathan Hare, founder and executive chairman of Resilient, provider of Trust Network solutions. "He recognized early on that the Trust Network is a breakthrough innovation needed to solve the crisis of trust in the Internet, with implications across all parts of society. We are excited that, after working with us closely over the last six months, he has agreed to join us as CEO and accelerate our progress towards realizing that vision."

President Barack Obama named Luke McCormack, the former CIO at the Justice Department, as Spires' replacement in October. McCormack had previously worked as CIO at DHS' Immigration and Customs Enforcement directorate.

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