Jan 10, 2022 - Technology

Exclusive: DNC taps MGM exec as security chief

Steve Tran looks at camera against a grey background.
Courtesy: Democratic National Committee

The Democratic National Committee has hired Steve Tran, a cybersecurity executive and former law enforcement official to be its new chief security officer.

Why it matters: Cybersecurity threats have emerged as a major point of risk for political parties, a fact brought to light by hacks during the 2016 election.

  • "I couldn't be more excited to bring my experience and expertise to help the DNC and its mission," Tran said in a statement to Axios. "It's the biggest mission I've ever been a part of, and I'm eager to jump in and get started in this critically important work."

Between the lines: Tran was most recently information security chief for MGM and also worked for Fox Studios. He fills a spot vacated when Bob Lord left last spring.

  • "Democrats across the ecosystem can feel confident that our security is in good hands," DNC executive director Sam Cornale told Axios.
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