DHS names ITAA exec as cybersecurity chief

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The Homeland Security Department announced today that Gregory Garcia has been appointed as the assistant secretary for cybersecurity and telecommunications.

Garcia has been serving as a vice president for information security policy and programs at the Information Technology Association of America, an Arlington, Va., industry group.

DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff, in a statement, said Garcia "brings the right mix of experience in government and the private sector to continue to strengthen our robust partnerships that are essential to this field. He has the expertise to focus resources and activities within the cyber and telecommunications communities in a manner that is consistent with our risk-based approach to homeland security."

At ITAA, Garcia led the public debate on cybersecurity policy and national cyber readiness, DHS officials said. He worked closely with the department in the past few years in his role on the IT Sector Coordinating Council and working with industry to found the National Cyber Security Partnership.

Garcia earned a bachelor’s degree from San Jose University.

“I am gratified that Greg will join the department as the first assistant secretary of cybersecurity and telecommunications, and I look forward to his many contributions that will advance the important progress that has already been made in this area,” Chertoff said in the statement.

Joe Tasker, ITAA’s senior vice president and general counsel, said Garcia’s appointment is a “reflection of the importance of information security. That’s what we have long been advocating and we’re pleased to see that it is now coming to fruition.”

“In Greg, you have a person who has a good technical background and a strong policy background. Both of those will serve him well,” Tasker said.

About the Author

Christopher J. Dorobek is the co-anchor of Federal News Radio’s afternoon drive program, The Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris, and the founder, publisher and editor of the DorobekInsider.com, a leading blog for the Federal IT community.

Dorobek joined Federal News Radio in 2008 with 16 years of experience covering government issues with an emphasis on government information technology. Prior to joining Federal News Radio, Dorobek was editor-in-chief of Federal Computer Week, the leading news magazine for government IT decision-makers and the flagship of the 1105 Government Information Group portfolio of publications. As editor-in-chief, Dorobek served as a member of the senior leadership team at 1105 Government Information Group, providing daily editorial direction and management for FCW magazine, FCW.com, Government Health IT and its other editorial products.

Dorobek joined FCW in 2001 as a senior reporter and assumed increasing responsibilities, becoming managing editor and executive editor before being named editor-in-chief in 2006. Prior to joining FCW, Dorobek was a technology reporter at PlanetGov.com, one of the first online community centers for current and former government employees. He also spent five years at Government Computer News, another leading industry publication, covering a variety of federal IT-related issues.

Dorobek is a frequent speaker on issues involving the government IT industry, and has appeared as a frequent contributor to NewsChannel 8’s Federal News Today program. He began his career as a reporter at the Foster’s Daily Democrat, a daily newspaper in Dover, N.H. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California. He lives in Washington, DC.


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