Chief Technologist at GCE, Inc.
Christian “Chris” Grijalva is the Chief Technologist for GCE Inc., a Department of Defense contracting company. He has over 20 years of enterprise information technology (IT) experience with a degree in International Cyber Forensics. Mr. Grijalva has won several information technology awards for work related to innovations with insider threat systems. These awards include: GCN Award- Outstanding IT Achievement, Federal Innovation Award – Excellence.gov, Nextgov.com – Bold Innovation Award for IT Systems and 2016 Federal 100 winner.
Chris began his career in the Department of Defense at DMDC in 1993 as student intern. After abut nine months he was hired on in a permanent position as a system engineer and served as lead engineer implementing solutions supporting the Gulf War (Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm) post-war operations and biometrically enabled access control systems for military bases across 12 countries. In 2000, Mr. Grijalva was selected to fill the role of Deputy Director of IT Operations. In this capacity, he lead all enterprise IT implementations and strategic direction. Starting in 2006, Chris moved again to become the Chief Technology Officer for a few years during which time he served as the acting CIO for a year.
At the end of 2009 Mr. Grijalva was named the Division Director of a newly formed line of business that consolidated all operational identity services and assumed responsibility for all globally deployed DMDC systems including the Common Access Card (CAC) program, Defense Biometric Identification System (DBIDS/IACS) and the Non-Combatant Evacuation Operation Tracking System (NTS). When the earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit Japan in 2011,Mr. Grijalva and his team were called upon to manage the evacuation, tracking and accountability of persons out of Japan.
Most recently, Mr. Grijalva led the architecture and implementation of the Identity Matching for Enterprise Security Analysis (IMESA) system. This system was developed and implemented in response to the directive and Congressional mandates stemming from the Ft. Hood and Washington Navy Yard shooting incidents. Chris established the groundwork for the Department’s pilot programs for the Director of National Intelligence in support of the reform of the national security clearance process and technical capability. In his last year in the DoD, Chris was selected by DoD CIO to lead the system analysis and threat mitigation efforts related to the OPM data breach.
A year ago, Mr. Grijalva left federal service to become the Chief Technologist for GCE. In this capacity, Chris provides subject matter expertise in a consultancy role to both the government as well as other defense contractors in the area insider threat information systems design and development. As a secondary role, Mr. Grijalva is developing training programs for wounded warriors to retrain and learn skills in the Information Technology field.