The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has named Pamela C. Dyson to its CIO post. Dyson joined the SEC's Office of IT in 2010 and has played a key role in the organization's big data initiatives. Now, she'll need to up the cybersecurity ante as well.

Dyson most recently was acting CIO for the SEC -- effectively overseeing the technology department since October 2014. Under her leadership, the SEC has completed big data projects that "make it easier for users to quickly search and accesses critical data from a centralized source," according to a prepared statement.

Looking ahead, it's clear that security will be top of mind for Dyson and the SEC. Her appointment to the CIO post came the same week that President Obama hosted a cybersecurity summit -- calling on federal and private security specialists to share their market knowledge.

Dyson must also work with financial institutions that are wary of the government's NSA spying activities. But even before last week's White House summit, the SEC has been busy sharing cybersecurity best practices with financial firms.

Of course, security is only one piece of the complex puzzle Dyson needs to manage. Her office also works with the agency'a divisions to incorporate technology into SEC programs to serve investors; maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets; and promote capital formation, the SEC said.

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