President Joe Biden is planning to nominate a former National Security Agency (NSA) official to serve as the national cyber director at the White House, officials said.
Jake Sullivan, Biden’s national security advisor, said that the president “took another important step forward in strengthening our nation’s cyber capability.”
Sullivan then went on to say that Chris Inglis will be nominated as Biden’s National Cyber Director. Jen Easterly will be nominated as the head of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA), which is a Homeland Security agency that oversees cybersecurity for civilian government networks.
Inglis was the former deputy director of the NSA under the Obama administration, while Easterly—another former Obama administration official—previously worked in the NSA as well.
“If confirmed, Chris and Jen will add deep expertise, experience and leadership to our world-class cyber team, which includes the first-ever Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technology Anne Neuberger, as well as strong, crisis-tested professionals from the FBI to ODNI to the Department of Homeland Security to U.S. Cyber Command and the National Security Agency,” Sullivan told The Hill.
“I’m proud of what we are building across the U.S. government when it comes to cyber,” he added. “We are determined to protect America’s networks and to meet the growing challenge posed by our adversaries in cyberspace—and this is the team to do it.”
Neuberger told The Hill on Monday that she is “looking forward to working with Chris and Jen to continue building back better to modernize our cyber defenses and enhance the nation’s ability to prevent and respond effectively to cybersecurity incidents.”
“We will work closely with cybersecurity leaders across the United States Government, the private sector, Congress, and dedicated frontline cyber responders to keep our networks safe and secure,” Neuberger said.
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