Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Director, Office of the Chief Information Security Officer (OCISO)

OCIO Organization

Cheri Gatland-Lightner

Cheri Gatland-Lightner - Chief Information Security Officer

As Chief Information Security Officer since 2014, Cheri Gatland-Lightner is charged with protecting the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of CDC’s information systems around the world.

Ms. Gatland-Lightner oversees a network of cybersecurity professionals who daily work to uphold privacy and security requirements in IT governance and policy and to safeguard physical assets in the United States and overseas.

Ms. Gatland-Lightner has over 30 years of experience in Information Technology and Security and has been a pioneer in the adoption of new technologies and programs that have had a positive impact on CDC’s IT network. Shortly after the passage of the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), she joined the Office of the Chief Information Security Officer (OCISO) and has led several initiatives to develop CDC’s information security program and build situational awareness.

Ms. Gatland-Lightner has led numerous workgroups and has collaborated with federal and industry partners to increase cybersecurity awareness within CDC and across the federal government. She has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a master’s degree in computer information systems from Georgia State University, and holds certifications in IT security and privacy and in project management.

“In the current ever-evolving cyber threat landscape, we must continuously transform our cybersecurity education and capabilities to protect the data on which the success of CDC’s public health mission depends.”



The Office of the Chief Information Officer is part of CDC’s Office of the Chief Operating Officer.

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