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Ex-JPMorgan IT Head To Put Hard-Earned Lesson About Hacking To Work At Pentagon

Dana Deasy’s job is to move the Defense Dept.’s systems into the president’s most-hated cloud provider.
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By David B. Gleason from Chicago, IL (The Pentagon) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

By David B. Gleason from Chicago, IL (The Pentagon) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Before yesterday, Dana Deasy was best known as the guy in charge of IT at JPMorgan Chase when 76 million customers’ information was stolen. So, this is the obvious next step for him:

Dana Deasy, the former IT chief at JPMorgan Chase & Co., has been named chief information officer at the U.S. Department of Defense, the Pentagon said Thursday…. “This is particularly important as we adopt cloud technology to make more informed and timely decisions on the battlefield.”

In fairness to Deasy, he’d only been on the job for a few months at the time of the breach, so it can’t really be entirely blamed on him, and thus it would be a bit uncharitable to lump him in with the cavalcade of incompetents that are now his co-workers in the Trump administration. (Although he is a cautionary tale about high turnover.) But this is the world in which we now live, one where Deasy’s new boss, formerly considered a dangerous and unhinged warmonger, is now hopefully relied upon and clung to as the last reasonable moderate in a White House filled with yahoos and criminals, and the man who will save us from nuclear annihilation unless his boss fires him in abrupt and humiliating fashion. Plus, we almost feel a little bad for him, since he’ll almost certainly have to explain to a spitting and incoherent president at some point why he’s handing so many billions of dollars over to the commander-in-chief’s most sworn enemy.

What’s more, if we’re feeling hopeful for the future—and we are most certainly not—one could see in Deasy’s appointment the first step towards the next administration, when Deasy's new boss will be the same as his old boss.

Former JPMorgan CIO Dana Deasy To Lead IT at Defense Department [WSJ]
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