Beth Killoran has been named to permanently serve as chief information officer for HHS, a position she's held in interim capacity for eight months.
Killoran replaces Frank Baitman, who announced his resignation in November 2015 after three years at the post.
In her role, Killoran's top priorities will be cybersecurity and privacy protection efforts, Mary Wakefield, HHS deputy secretary, said in a blog post.
She will lead projects such as CyberCare, which provides weekly tips to HHS staff on how to keep their data safe. She will also manage HHS' strategic information technology investment plans to ensure productivity.
Previously, Killoran was executive director for HHS' Office of IT Strategy, Policy and Governance for two years.
Before joining HHS in 2014, Killoran held various leadership positions for 11 years at the Department of Homeland Security, including the executive director of the Office of Program Accountability and Risk Management.
Killoran also served nine years at the U.S. Treasury Department where she provided IT support for more than 200,000 employees in 1,500 locations. During her tenure, she provided IT support at the time of the 9/11 attacks and the Oklahoma City bombing.