Biden Nominates Easterly for CISA Director
Monday, April 12, 2021 | Comments

President Joe Biden nominated Jen Easterly to be the director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).

Easterly is the currently the head of firm resilience and the Fusion Resilience Center at Morgan Stanley and has been responsible for ensuring preparedness and response to operational risks at the company.

Easterly joined Morgan Stanley in 2017 to build and lead its Cybersecurity Fusion Center, the operational cornerstone of the company’s cyber defense strategy. Most recently, she served as the cyber policy lead for the Biden-Harris Transition Team. Earlier in her career, Easterly served at the White House as special assistant to the president and senior director for counterterrorism and as the deputy for counterterrorism at the National Security Agency (NSA).

A two-time recipient of the Bronze Star, Easterly retired from the U.S. Army after more than 20 years of service in intelligence and cyber operations, including tours of duty in Haiti, the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan. Responsible for standing up the Army’s first cyber battalion, Easterly was also instrumental in the design and creation of United States Cyber Command.

Easterly is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a senior international security fellow at the New America Foundation, a visiting fellow at the National Security Institute at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School, and an Aspen Institute finance leaders fellow.

A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Easterly holds a master’s degree from the University of Oxford, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. She is the recipient of the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation American Hostage Freedom Award and the Bradley W. Snyder Changing the Narrative Award.

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