Senior Fellow, Hume Center
Chris Cummiskey is the Chief Executive Officer of Cummiskey Strategic Solutions, LLC, a firm that specializes in cyber/IT, homeland security and management consulting. Mr. Cummiskey served in senior leadership at the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for six years, most recently in the number three position at the department as Acting Under Secretary for Management (AUSM). During his tenure AUSM and Deputy Under Secretary for Management, he had department-wide oversight and responsibility for budget/finance, cyber/IT, procurement/contracting, human capital, security and administration. He also served as the department's Chief Acquisition Officer overseeing $19 Billion in annual spending.
While at DHS, Mr. Cummiskey co-led all the major cyber committees at the department including the Executive Steering Committee on the National Cybersecurity Protection System (Einstein), the Executive Steering Committee on Cyber Strategy, the Acquisition Review Board on government-wide Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) and the Executive Steering Committee on Cyber Hiring. He also served on the oversight committee on the implementation of the Presidential Executive Order on Cybersecurity.
Mr. Cummiskey is a nationally recognized leader in technology, innovation and cybersecurity. He served as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the State of Arizona where he received the Distinguished Service to State Government award from the National Governor’s Association for his work in government innovation. He is credited with creating the state's first cybersecurity plan and establishing the Arizona Cyber Information Security Office.Prior to serving as the Arizona State CIO and Director of the Arizona Government Information Technology Agency, Cummiskey was elected to six terms in the Arizona State Legislature. As a state senator, he held numerous leadership positions and was credited with developing technology solutions to improve government service delivery.