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White House exec joins DHS cyber team

Mar. 13, 2014 - 06:00AM   |  
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Andy Ozment, former senior director for cybersecurity at the White House, is joining DHS. (Thos Robinson / Getty Images for The Louise Blou)

The Department of Homeland Security has filled key roles within its Office of Cybersecurity and Communications (CS&C), the agency announced Wednesday.

CS&C falls under the National Protection and Programs Directorate’s (NPPD) and is focused on the security, resiliency and reliability of the nation’s cyber and communications infrastructure.

DHS is bringing on Andy Ozment to serve as assistant secretary for cybersecurity and communications. Ozment most recently served as the senior director for cybersecurity at the White House where he led the development and implementation of President Obama’s cybersecurity executive order.

Ozment isn’t entirely new to DHS. While previously at DHS, he led an operational security group that worked on compliance, metrics, and security authorization for DHS’ chief information security officer.

Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Gregory Touhill will serve as deputy assistant secretary for cybersecurity operations and programs. Touhill will focus on developing and implementing programs such as Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation and the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center. The NCCIC provides a central location for coordinating cyber and communications efforts.

Bobbie Stempfley will take on a new role as deputy assistant secretary for cybersecurity strategy and emergency communications. She will oversee “emergency communications, developing and implementing strategy and policy efforts, as well as focusing on building on our partnerships with the public and private sectors, and the general public,” according to DHS.

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