History of CISO

The Office of the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) was established on September 23, 2016 by the former Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Air Force, Lieutenant General William J. Bender. Spurred to action by the recommendations of an internal cybersecurity task force, the establishment of the CISO reiterated the importance of continuously prioritizing cybersecurity in the way the Air Force thinks, plans, and operates to fulfill its core missions.


  • SEPTEMBER 2016 – Lieutenant General Bender announces the establishment of the AF CISO.
  • SEPTEMBER 2016 – Mr. Peter Kim is hired to lead the CISO in oversight, development, and execution of the Air Force cybersecurity program.
  • OCTOBER 2016 – The CISO launches a year-long Cyber Secure campaign to stress the importance of focusing on cybersecurity throughout the service.
  • JUNE 2017 – Lieutenant General Bradford Shwedo took office as the presiding CIO.