Rod Turk

Former CIO

U.S. Department of Commerce

Rod Turk is the former Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the U.S. Department of Commerce. In this capacity, Rod oversaw IT operations and budget, ensuring alignment with agency and administration strategic objectives and priorities. He joined the Department of Commerce's Office of the Chief Information Officer in November 2015. Prior to being named CIO, he was the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and Deputy Chief Information Officer. In this role, Rod managed the Department of Commerce's compliance with the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) and implementation of IT security best practices. He and his team managed Department-wide cybersecurity initiatives, programs, and monitoring at DOC, including the Enterprise Security Operations Center (ESOC) and risk assessment of the information technology owned or operated on behalf of DOC.

Prior to joining Commerce, Rod was the Associate Chief Information Officer for Cybersecurity at the Department of Energy. He provided executive leadership and guidance for joint agency and Administration cybersecurity initiatives including for the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity and Initiative, safeguarding of the Defense Industrial Base and critical infrastructure protection, and assistance to the Mission Executive Council in establishing cybersecurity Research and Development (R&D) priorities to improve the national cybersecurity posture.

Turk began his career in the US Navy. After 26 years of service, Turk joined Senior Executive Service with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and as CISO at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Rod Turk is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer for Makarios, LLC.