Director, National Protection, Homeland Security Systems Engineering and Development Institute
Chris Folk is Director of the National Protection Portfolio for the Homeland Security Systems Engineering and Development Institute (HS SEDI™), a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) that MITRE operates on behalf of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Mr. Folk oversees work program development and delivery to: the DHS National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), including Cybersecurity & Communication (CS&C), Office of Infrastructure Protection (OIP), and Federal Protective Services (FPS), and US VISIT. He also leads support to; the Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A); Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO); the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); the Office of Health Affairs (OHA); and the U.S. Department of Education (DoEd). Mr. Folk brings more than 18 years of experience supporting the national and homeland security communities, working in operations, intelligence, infrastructure protection, and cybersecurity programs for the DoD, IC, and DHS. His work experience spans all phases of systems engineering and program management, including policy analysis and concept of operations development. He was privileged to stand up the (DHS) Homeland Security Operations Center, first under the White House Executive Office of the President, and subsequently under DHS.
Mr. Folk has been a primary contributor to a number of Homeland Security related cybersecurity strategies and publications, including Enabling Distributed Security in Cyberspace - Building a Healthy and Resilient Cyber Ecosystem with Automated Collective Action, published by DHS in 2011. He is an advisor to the Washington Cyber Roundtable, and is the lead for all civil cybersecurity programs at MITRE, reporting to the senior vice president and chief security officer. He speaks regularly at national cyber and homeland security events.