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Bobbie Stempfley isn't exactly a federal CIO, but she does have one of the most important IT jobs in the federal government--heading up cybersecurity for all civilian agencies. Stempfley gave up a CIO job with the Defense Information Systems Agency to move into the new role.
Stempfley heads up a broad cross-section of the government's cybersecurity efforts, including public-private partnerships to secure critical infrastructure, a national cyber risk management program, and a system to alert government and industry of threats and respond to them. She's spearheading deployment of the government's Einstein intrusion protection and prevention systems, and in 2010 helped manage Cyber Storm III, the largest yet of a series of simulated cyberattack exercises. Before being CIO at DISA, Stempfley was the agency's vice director for strategic planning and information and, before that, its CTO.