Senate Confirms John C. Inglis as First National Cyber ​​Director

The Senate confirmed John C. Inglis as America’s first national cyber director, installing new leadership to oversee the development of a national cyber policy amid a spate of online attacks that hit critical infrastructure and compromise the world’s networks. federal government.

Inglis, a former deputy director of the National Security Agency, has said his first task will be to determine whether the federal government has a unifying cyber strategy and whether the government’s existing cyber structure works.

Among the first challenges Mr. Inglis will face is staff. Senator Angus King, the independent from Maine who participates with the Democrats, has described the position of Mr. Inglis and the head of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is equivalent to the Secretary of Defense and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. in the cyber domain.

CISA does not yet have a leadership confirmed by the Senate. While Inglis’s confirmation passed through the Senate in a voice vote Thursday, Sen. Rick Scott, Republican of Florida, suspended the election of President Biden to head CISA, Jen Easterly, on Wednesday over Scott’s concerns about immigration. and the southern border. Scott has vowed to block a vote until Biden visits the US-Mexico border.

CISA is overseen by Acting Director Brandon Wales, who took over the agency’s top post after former President Trump fired its previous leader, Chris Krebs, due to a dispute over the security of the 2020 election.

“Same day confirmation hearing for Jen Easterly and Chris Inglis. Unanimously voted by [committee] together. He was confirmed today, she was not, “said Mr. Krebs on Twitter. “Why? Policy on NatSec, that’s why. @CISAgov deserves better. We deserve better. Confirm Jen now. ”

Biden has also selected Anne Neuberger as the deputy national security advisor for cybersecurity and emerging technology, making her the White House’s top cyberofficer.

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