Gerald Caron is the Chief Information Officer for the Office of Inspector General at the Department of Health and Human Services.
Mr. Caron has over 24 years of information technology experience. He began his career in the US Army working in hands-on technical positions serving for 7 years as a Programmer and Administrator. Mr. Caron then spent 2 years as a contractor with the federal government, where he acquired more refined technical skills and a more detailed understanding of IT operations. He joined the federal government at the Department of State (DOS) in 2003 as a Systems Administrator. He has held five different positions at the Department, moving from managing small technical groups leading up to his current role as the ENM Director.
One of his most significant accomplishments was acting as the technical liaison during a major cyber security event at the Department. His leadership allowed the Department to resolve the incident as quickly and effectively as possible with minimal impact to the mission.
As the Director of ENM, Mr. Caron is personally responsible for the leadership of the largest office within the IRM bureau. He is responsible for establishing a strategy, managing the financial portfolio of over $200 million and prioritization of work across a wide range of disciplines. In this role he is responsible for the network and authentication infrastructure for the Department. Since taking over this role he has led the re-engineering of the Department’s primary Identity and Access Management solution. He has also formed teams from both government, contractor, and vendor resources to address key security efforts needed to mitigate future potential cybersecurity attacks through collaborative efforts. He led the redesign of the Department’s Active Directory infrastructure working with management and stakeholders with coalitions across department and bureau lines to become a state of the art technological architecture significantly improving security. He is also responsible for the engineering and management of all of the Department’s global network infrastructure and perimeter security infrastructure.
Mr. Caron received his associate degree (Magna Cum Laude) in Computer Information Systems, Network Administration from the Northern Virginia Community College. At the Department of State, he also has received training in Executive Potential Program from the USDA Graduate School in 2009 and Advanced Leadership Skills in 2014. He received his certification in May 2020 as a Forrester Zero Trust – Strategist (ZTX-S) and received his Federal IT Security Manager Certification (FITSP-M) in 2017. Mr. Caron has received seven individual awards for his exceptional service since 2004.