Career official Brandon Wales replaces Chris Krebs as acting head of DHS CISA

“Less than 24 hours after President Donald Trump fired Chris Krebs, the dust is still settling at the Department of Homeland Security cybersecurity agency that Krebs led.

Officials at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) who have spent months refuting conspiracy theories and battling disinformation surrounding the election say they will continue to do so, despite a White House purge of the agency’s leadership.

CISA is now led on an acting basis by Brandon Wales, a 15-year veteran of DHS who is deeply familiar with CISA’s operations after serving as the agency’s top career civil servant. A former senior cybersecurity adviser to then-Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Wales is well-liked at CISA and known for his technical acumen.

In an email to the CISA workforce Wednesday afternoon, Wales urged his colleagues to continue to provide cybersecurity support to health care organizations threatened by ransomware attacks during the pandemic, and to prioritize election security efforts as states certify vote tallies…” Read the full article here.

Source: DHS’s cyber agency is led by career official Brandon Wales. For now. – By Sean Lyngaas, November 18, 2020. CyberScoop.

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