NSA veteran Chris Inglis steps down as US cyber head


Chris Inglis, the US government’s first National Cyber Director, has retired from government and has officially left his position.

According to Security Week, the departure comes just 17 months after he was confirmed as President Biden’s top advisor on cyber issues. Back in December Inglis officially announced he was stepping down from the role.

Inglis spent almost three decades at the US National Security Agency, including as a top deputy of the spy agency. He recommended the White House nominate Kemba Walden to be the new National Cyber Director.

Walden is a former Assistant General Counsel in Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit and has prior government service at the Department of Homeland Security and most recently at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).

The National Cyber Director position was established by federal law and was created to help ensure a more streamlined strategy and coordinated response to cyberattacks.

Inglis said on Twitter, “Today I am stepping down from my role as the Nation’s inaugural National Cyber Director at ONCD. I do so with the utmost gratitude to @POTUS, @VP, and Congress for giving me the opportunity to serve in this Administration. Mr. President, thank you for placing your trust in me and for placing such a high priority on providing a safe, equitable, and resilient cyberspace for all.”

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