Rod Turk is the Acting Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Department of Commerce.
Turk oversees information technology (IT) operations and budget, ensuring its alignment with agency and administration strategic objectives and priorities.
Turk joined the Department of Commerce's Office of the Chief Information Officer in September 2015. Prior to being named Acting CIO, he was the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and Deputy Chief Information Officer. In this role, he managed and had oversight over the Department's compliance with the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) and implementation of IT security best practices. He and his team manage Department-wide cybersecurity initiatives, programs, and monitoring at DOC, including Enterprise Security Operations Center (ESOC), risk assessment of the information technology owned or operated on behalf of DOC.
Prior to joining Commerce, he was the Associate Chief Information Officer for Cybersecurity at the Department of Energy. He improved the national cybersecurity posture, provided executive leadership and guidance for joint agency and Administration cybersecurity initiatives, which includes the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative, safeguarding of the Defense Industrial Base and critical infrastructure protection, and assisting the Mission Executive Council in establishing cybersecurity Research and Development (R&D) priorities.
Turk has extensive experience advising the senior administration officials and leaders on IT, cybersecurity and risk management, as well as providing administration and executive leadership for joint agency cybersecurity initiatives such as the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative.
Turk began his career in the US Navy. After 26 years, Turk joined Senior Executive Service with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and as CISO at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
Turk holds an MBA from Temple University and a Bachelors Degree from the University of Wisconsin. He is a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM).