MG Matthew Easley
Director, Cybersecurity and Chief Information Security Officer
U.S. Department of the Army
Major General Matthew P. Easley became the Director for Cybersecurity and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) in the office of the Army Chief Information Officer (CIO) in September 2020. In this role, MG Easley oversees cybersecurity policy development and compliance to secure Army data and information in an environment resistant to known and emerging cyber threats. He is helping architect the Army's future zero trust cybersecurity framework and enabling secure cloud applications.
MG Easley’s prior command and operational assignments include Director, Artificial Intelligence Task Force, Army Futures Command; Deputy Commanding General – Cyber, 335th Signal Command,
East Point, GA; Chief of Staff, 335th Signal Command, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait; Commander, 505th Signal Brigade, Las Vegas, NV; Commander, 319th Signal Battalion, Camp Buehring, Kuwait; Instructor for Command and General Staff College; and company-grade positions in the 121st Signal Battalion at Ft Riley (1ID) and in the 32nd Signal Battalion in Germany (V Corps).
His military education includes the Signal Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Command and General Staff College, the Joint and Coalition Warfighting School, and the Army War College.
MG Easley received his commission upon graduation from the U.S. Military Academy, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Engineering Physics. He also holds a masters degree in Electrical Engineering from Kansas State University, and a doctorate degree in Computer Science with a specialization in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
MG Easley is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE) and is a member of the Sigma Pi Sigma (Physics), Eta Kappa Tau (Engineering and Technology), Phi Kappa Phi (Academic) and Sigma Xi (Research) academic honor societies. He is also a volunteer program evaluator for ABET to accredit electrical, computer and systems engineering undergraduate programs.
In his civilian career, Dr. Easley was a research scientist at the Rockwell Science Center (later Teledyne Scientific) conducting original research in information fusion, automated reasoning and autonomous systems and supported both the second DARPA Grand and Urban Challenges. Later he joined the Boeing Company as a senior systems engineer / architect where he won the Phantom Work’s Team Excellence award for a technology demonstration on the USMC Common Aviation Command and Control System (CAC2S). Matt also worked the design and development of the mission system architecture for Boeing’s recently won MQ-25 carrier-based refueling drone program for the US Navy.