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Jen Easterly as Director of the DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

FEMA is not the only game in town these days.

While we emergency managers are always playing the game of “who will be the next Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) administrator,” there is another federal agency that we need to be tracking much more closely and paying attention to.

That is the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). See the announcement below of the permanent appointment of Jen Easterly as the new director there. Cyber is of increasing importance to all of us and critical infrastructure is what makes our modern society function.

Do you know the name of your regional CISA director?

Statement by Secretary Mayorkas on the Confirmation of Jen Easterly as CISA Director

WASHINGTON — Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas released the following statement on the confirmation of Jen Easterly as Director of the DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA):

“I congratulate Jen Easterly on her confirmation as Director of CISA. Jen is a brilliant cybersecurity expert and a proven leader with a career spanning military service, civil service, and the private sector. I am proud to welcome her to the DHS team and look forward to working together to protect our country from urgent cybersecurity and physical threats.

“I thank Brandon Wales for serving as Acting Director of CISA. Brandon’s steadfast, superb leadership has been invaluable, especially as CISA continues to respond to rising cybersecurity incidents impacting businesses, government, communities, and critical infrastructure across our nation.”

Jen Easterly is the second Senate-confirmed Director to lead CISA since its creation in November 2018.
Eric Holdeman is a nationally known emergency manager. He has worked in emergency management at the federal, state and local government levels. Today he serves as the Director, Center for Regional Disaster Resilience (CRDR), which is part of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER). The focus for his work there is engaging the public and private sectors to work collaboratively on issues of common interest, regionally and cross jurisdictionally.
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