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September 18, 2006

DHS appoints cybersecurity chief

Filed under: DHS News — by Christian Beckner on September 18, 2006

433 days after the position was first created (eleven days short of the length of the Iran hostage crisis), DHS has nominated someone to be the first Assistant Secretary for Cyber Security and Telecommunications. From a statement by Sec. Chertoff:

I am pleased to announce that Gregory Garcia has been appointed as Assistant Secretary for Cyber Security and Telecommunications at the Department of Homeland Security. Greg brings the right mix of experience in government and the private sector to continue to strengthen our robust partnerships that are essential to this field. He has the expertise to focus resources and activities within the cyber and telecommunications communities in a manner that is consistent with our risk-based approach to homeland security.

Greg joins the department from the Information Technology Association of America, where he was Vice President for Information Security Policy and Programs. In that capacity, Greg led the public debate on cyber security policy and national cyber readiness. He has worked closely with the department over the past few years in his role on the IT Sector Coordinating Council and working with industry to found the National Cyber Security Partnership. Greg helped to draft and enact the Cyber Security Research and Development Act of 2002 during his tenure with the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science. Greg has also worked to strengthen encryption control regulations while with the Americans for Computer Privacy and he was active on international trade and IT policy at the Americans Electronics Association. He is a graduate of San Jose University with a Bachelor of Science degree.

You can find initial reaction to the pick in this story at ZDNet.

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