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Benjamin Bergersen, Chief Information Officer

Benjamin Bergersen is an IT executive and cloud security expert. As the first full-time CIO for the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, Mr. Bergersen transforms IT services for the Agency to utilize a hybrid strategy of shared services and cloud services for increased savings and efficiencies. Using IT accelerators and analytic IT systems, Mr. Bergersen supports the Agency’s important mission.

Before joining USTDA Mr. Bergersen, served as the Information Security Officer for MAX.gov Cloud Shared Services Cloud at OMB. 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 (CIO) for the Office of Inspector General (OIG) 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 for the U.S. Navy and the National Science Foundation (NSF), 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 and Graduate Certificate Program at Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College, CIO Institute. He holds multiple cyber security and governance certifications including CISSP, ISSAP, and ISSMP from (ISC)2; and CGEIT, CISA, and CISM from ISACA. His education includes an MBA from George Mason University, a Bachelor’s of Science from SUNY Brockport, and is a certified CIO by the U.S. Federal CIO Council / CIO University.