Deputy Assistant Director, NISP Authorizing Official, Defense Security Service

Selena P. Hutchinson, a certified GIAC Security Leadership (GSLC), is the Deputy Assistant Director, NISP Authorizing Official, Defense Security Service (DSS). She has over forty years of information technology management experience in diverse project management, systems acquisition, cyber security and leadership roles. Ms. Hutchinson previously served as the DSS Chief Information Officer. DSS oversees the protection of national security assets in the hands of industry and provides integrated security services to the Department of Defense. The NAO is the final authority on complex technical, assessments and authorization of cleared industry systems and cyber issues that require adjudication.

Ms. Hutchinson received her BS degree in computer information science from Alabama State University and received commission to the Air Force where she had a variety of assignments including a teaching stint in Colorado, plus several years in the Pentagon engaged in various aspects of information technology, acquisition, and major program management.

Ms. Hutchinson began her civil service career after the military with the Federal Bureau of Investigations, where she was involved in the management of several forward leaning technologies in the law enforcement and intelligence communities. Ms. Hutchinson began her graduate studies at Auburn University and completed a Master’s Degree with Central Michigan University, and recently achieved the Global Information Security Certification and the Certified Expert RMF Professional. She completed courses at the Harvard Kennedy School, Executive Education Program, in Cybersecurity and the Women and Power course. She twice served as Post Commander of the J.E. Hoover Memorial Post 56 of the American Legion and is still an active member.

Ms. Hutchinson is an Executive Board Member of Community Lodgings, a local charity whose mission is to lift families from homelessness and instability to independences and self-reliance.