March 31, 2011

Patrick Gorman, a senior strategy and technology executive, is Bank of America's new Chief Information Security Officer, the bank announced Thursday. Gorman, a former associate director of National Intelligence and CIO for the U.S. Director of National Intelligence, will be responsible for BofA's information security strategy, policy and program.

"We're committed to delivering the best possible information security for our customers and clients," Marc Gordon, chief technology officer for BofA, said in a release. "We continuously look for opportunities to enhance our information security capabilities, partner with other organizations to share best practices, and hire and retain the best talent globally in information security."

A bank spokeswoman said Gorman was not being made available for comment at this time.

Gorman, who is based in Washington, D.C., was most recently senior executive advisor for cybersecurity and advanced analytics at Booz Allen Hamilton. He has more than 25 years of experience between his work with the government and the private sector.

"By bringing Patrick on board, we're combining his experience and knowledge with an already very strong team of information security professionals; the result will be a combined capability and experience set that continues to position us well against current and future risks and opportunities," Gordon said.

Bank of America has recently been rumored as the next target for Julian Assange and his whistleblower site WikiLeaks. A number of emails that allegedly proved mortgage fraud were leaked by an unnamed source claiming to be a former employee of Bank of America subsidiary Balboa insurance on March 14. The day was coined as "Black Monday" by a hacker group known as Anonymous that published the emails online.

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