Chris Cummiskey

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 serves as a strategic advisor to companies and boards of directors on a wide range of topics ranging from government acquisition to business capture. Mr. Cummiskey has 24 years of government experience in senior positions at both the Federal and state levels.

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 Under Secretary for Management. During his tenure as Under Secretary and Deputy Under Secretary, he had department-wide oversight and responsibility for budget/finance, cyber/IT, procurement/contracting, human capital, security and mission support. 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.

Mr. Cummiskey also serves as a Senior Fellow for both the Auburn University Center for Cyber and Homeland Security and for the Center for Digital Government, the latter of which provides cybersecurity expertise to state and local governments. He serves on numerous boards as a senior advisor on homeland security, cyber and management issues including: The Homeland Security and Defense Business Council, the Government Technology Services Coalition, the Washington Homeland Security Roundtable, as a COO Senior Advisor to Government Executives (SAGE) with the Partnership for Public Service and as a cyber expert with the Washington Post.

Mr. Cummiskey is a nationally recognized leader in technology, innovation and cybersecurity. He served as the Chief Information Officer for the State of Arizona where he received the Distinguished Service to State Government award from the National Governors 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.