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DHS Fills New Top Cybersecurity Position

October 20, 2011

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced on Thursday that she has filled a recently created position overseeing cybersecurity at the agency.

Mark Weatherford will become deputy under secretary for Cybersecurity for the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD). He comes from the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, an organization of U.S. electrical grid operators, where he served as vice president and chief security officer.

It won't be Weatherford's first government gig. He previously worked for state programs in California and Colorado and led the Navy's Computer Network Defense operations and the Naval Computer Incident Response Team.

Last month Suzanne Spaulding, a former congressional Intelligence staffer, also joined the agency as an Deputy Under Secretary for NPPD. She oversees the Federal Protective Service, Office of Infrastructure Protection, Office of Risk Management and Analysis and biometric border and immigration tracking systems.

Before the creation of Weatherford's post last month, the NPPD had only one deputy under secretary, who covered all the responsibilities.

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