White House announces key cybersecurity appointments

Chris Inglis nominated as national cyber director and Jan Easterly nominated as director of the Cybersecurity Agency

U.S. President Joe Biden is nominating Chris Inglis as national cyber director and Jan Easterly as director of the Agency for Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security, the White House announced Monday.

“We are determined to protect America’s computer networks and confront the growing challenges from our adversaries in cyberspace. This is the perfect team for that task,” said White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan.

The U.S. government is taking broad measures to combat cyberattacks after it was revealed in December that nine federal agencies were attacked by Russian hackers.

Easterly and Inglis are experienced cybersecurity experts who have worked for the government for decades. Both previously held senior positions at the National Security Agency.

Biden has previously appointed several other former high-ranking members of the intelligence agency to key cybersecurity positions. For example, former NSA cybersecurity director Ann Neuberger and senior adviser to NSA Director General Paul Nakasone joined the National Security Council.

“I look forward to working with Chris and Jan as we continue to modernize our defense cyber capabilities and improve the nation’s ability to prevent and effectively respond to cybersecurity incidents,” Neuberger said in a statement.

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