Tim Ruland is the Census Bureau’s Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). He reports directly to the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and provides regular briefings and support to Census Bureau and Department of Commerce senior executives.
Ruland began his career in the military where he served 13 years in the US Army. He served in many assignments; including Thailand, Germany, Fort Ord, CA, and Ft. Meade, MD, as a Military Intelligence Analyst and Linguist (Vietnamese, Russian and Korean) and Military Policeman. Upon his honorable discharge from the Army, he served as a Software Configuration Manager with a Defense contractor for four years.
Ruland began his career at the Census Bureau in 1991 when he was hired to establish a configuration management process for the 1992 Economic Census. After which he earned the position of Division Security Officer. After spending 18 months as the Division Security Officer, Configuration Manager and system administrator, Ruland moved to the ADP Security Branch. The ADP Security Branch was a small branch of seven people in the Administrative and Finance Division. In 1998, Ruland was promoted to Branch Chief where his first action was to change the name of the organization to better reflect the more diverse role of the organization, the IT Security Branch. Ruland has been instrumental in the development of the Census Bureau IT Security Program and the office has grown to four staffs consisting of 23 employees and approximately 20 contractors in support of the enterprise IT Security Program.
Ruland is a CISSP, CISM, CFCP and holds a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University. He has completed the Framework for FISMA Seminar Series hosted by the Potomac Forum and is a FISMA Fellow. He is currently working on a degree as a Paralegal. Ruland holds a Sociology Degree from the University of Maryland.
In his spare time, he rides a Harley Davidson and has been riding as Santa Claus for the past couple of years in a Toy Run to provide gifts to needy children. He also rides in a number of veteran related motorcycle events.