Chris Wlaschin

Chief Information Security Officer - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Chris Wlaschin oversees cybersecurity for the Department of Health and Human Services, a cabinet level department with a $1.1 trillion dollar budget including $14 billion in IT spending. HHS has 11 Operating Divisions including the FDA, CDC, CMS, NIH and others. As the Executive Director for Information Security and Chief Information Security Officer, he is responsible for leading cybersecurity efforts across HHS, as well as building collaborative relationships and sharing best practices for cybersecurity across the healthcare and public health sectors.

Before joining the HHS team, Chris served as the Senior Director for Information Security  and  Infrastructure  for  NRC  Health,  and  as  the CISO for  the  University of Nebraska  system.  Prior to that,  Chris  was the   Associate   Deputy   Assistant   Secretary   for   Security  Operations,

Information Security for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Chris also served as Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the US Navy’s Military Sealift Command.

Chris is a member of the Executive Committee of the American Council on Technology (ACT), and is a Fellow at the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT)

Chris served with distinction in the US Navy for over 28 years in a variety of leadership roles.