DHS fills high-level cybersecurity position


The Department of Homeland Security has named Mark Weatherford its new deputy under secretary for cybersecurity at the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD).

Weatherford served as vice president and chief security officer for the nonprofit organization North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and as a former Naval cryptologic officer, according to a DHS blog post.

At DHS, Weatherford will be the first to work in the new under secretary position. Starting next month, he will be responsible for “ensuring robust cybersecurity operations and communications resilience” at DHS.

Greg Schaffer has served as acting deputy under secretary for cybersecurity for the past five months. Schaffer will resume his position as assistant secretary for the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, and Bobbie Stempfley will return to her post as the office’s deputy assistant secretary. Click here for a NPPD organizational chart.

Weatherford isn’t the only new addition to the NPPD. Suzanne Spaulding recently replaced Philip Reitinger as deputy under secretary. Reitinger, who left DHS this summer, has since been named chief information security officer at Sony. 



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