Chris Inglis, the White House Chief Cybersecurity Officer and the first person to serve as Director of the National Cyber Service, is set to retire in early 2023. CNN reported on Wednesday.
President Joe Biden nominated Inglis to lead the White House cybersecurity team in April 2021, and Inglis was confirmed in June 2021. The 2021 National Defense Authorization Act established the Office of the National Cyber Director.
Former Microsoft executive Kembea Eneas Walden, who joined the National Cyber Director’s office in May, will serve as acting director after Inglis steps down, according to CNN. Walden is a Principal Deputy Secretary of State and a member of the Cyber Safety Review Board.
A former Deputy Director of the National Security Agency, Inglis has served in a variety of roles with the NSA for nearly 30 years.
Speaking to CNN, Inglis declined to comment further on his plans, but said his goal is to set up a new White House office and hand it over to a new leader. The White House did not respond to a request for comment before the press release.
inside Keynote at RSA Conference In May, Inglis highlighted the government’s efforts to combine the insights and capabilities of all federal agencies to deliver relevant, actionable, and timely information.
Federal agencies and cyber defenders must ‘crowdsource’ [transgressors] That’s how they crowdsourced us,” Inglis said.