Who Will Be the Next National Cyber Director?

After Congress approved his nomination in 2021, Chris Inglis served as the first-ever National Cyber Director for the White House. Now, he plans to retire. So who’s next? 

As of this writing in January of 2023, there remains uncertainty around who will fill the role. However, the frontrunner is Kemba Walden, Acting Director of the National Cyber Director’s office. Walden is a former Microsoft executive who joined the National Cyber Director’s office in May. Before her appointment, Walden was the Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technology in the Biden Administration.

If not Walden, who else might take over from Inglis? The best answer is to look at the senior cybersecurity folks in the Biden administration who advise Biden directly.

A Group of Well-Qualified Successors

The national cybersecurity of the United States has been a priority for President Biden. To ensure that the most efficient protocols are being followed, the president has designated several senior members from his team to serve as direct advisors with specific responsibility for cybersecurity issues. These advisors bring extensive expertise in national security operations and risk management from multiple sectors. They played key roles in establishing national defenses, and are expert problem-solvers in the face of evolving threats. This highly specialized group provides the strength and stability needed to maintain national cybersecurity in a rapidly evolving threat landscape.

The key senior cybersecurity officials include the aforementioned Chris Inglis as the first National Cyber Director, Jen Easterly as the Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Alejandro Mayorkas as the Secretary of Homeland Security, Kemba Walden as the first Principal Deputy National Cyber Director, Neal Hi ..

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