Energy official Sean Plankey eyed for senior CISA position

“… Sean Plankey, currently a senior official at the Department of Energy, has in recent days contacted current and former officials at DHS to discuss working at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, according to three people with knowledge of the discussions who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Plankey indicated in one conversation that his move to CISA was ‘imminent,’ one source said. The Trump administration in October announced its intention to appoint Plankey as CISA’s assistant director for infrastructure security…”

“The status of Plankey’s security clearance, however, hangs in the balance. Three former U.S. officials told CyberScoop that an issue with Plankey’s security clearance came up in the last year, prompting a review of his status as a clearance holder. It’s unclear if those issues have been resolved, and if Plankey still holds a clearance…”

“Not having a clearance would prevent Plankey from receiving the classified information that CISA officials draw on to help protect government agencies and the private sector from hacking…”

“Plankey has an extensive background in cybersecurity. A Coast Guard veteran, he has served as a senior official at DOE’s Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response, and done stints at U.S. Cyber Command and as a security adviser to oil giant BP…” Read the full article here.

Source: Energy official eyed for senior CISA position after White House throws agency into turmoil – By Sean Lyngaas, November 19, 2020. CyberScoop.

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