Benjamin Bergersen is an IT executive and cloud security expert. He is the first full-time CIO and Senior Agency Official for Cyber Risk Management (SAO-RM) at the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA). Mr. Bergersen transforms IT services for the Agency to utilize a hybrid strategy of shared services and cloud services with increased savings and efficiencies. Using IT accelerators and analytic IT systems, Mr. Bergersen supports the Agency’s important mission of helping companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies.
Before joining USTDA Mr. Bergersen, served as the Information Security Officer for MAX.gov providing cloud shared services to 180 CIO’s and their federal agencies across government at the Office of Management and Budget, White House. In this role, he oversaw the transformation of continuous monitoring and enterprise risk management across software development through to operations. This work led to Mr. Bergersen receiving the Government Information Security Leadership Award (GISLA) from (ISC)2 for best information security business process improvement.
As the Chief Information Officer for the Office of Inspector General at the Department of Commerce, Mr. Bergersen provided collaborative nationwide services for mission security and assurance. This included developing technology services to accelerate and enhance the capabilities of special agents, auditors, and attorneys to perform investigations and audits across five operating locations. Mr. Bergersen received a Commerce Bronze medal and a GovTek Executive Collaboration award for his accomplishments in this role.
As the Information Security Program Manager in the U.S. Antarctic Program he provided shared services to 51 universities, the U.S. Navy, and the National Science Foundation. Mr. Bergersen earned A+ FISMA grades two years in a row for information security as rated by U.S. Congress.
Benjamin created the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) executive education program at Carnegie Mellon University. He holds multiple cyber security and governance certifications including CISSP, ISSAP, and ISSMP from (ISC)2; CGEIT, CISA, and CISM from ISACA; as well as being an ITIL Service Manager. His education includes an MBA from George Mason University, a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice from SUNY Brockport, and a CIO certification from the U.S. Federal CIO Council / CIO University.