UPDATED 6:12 AM PT — Wed. June 13, 2018
The Senate pushed through President Trump’s nominee for the Department of Homeland cybersecurity unit.
Lawmakers confirmed Christopher Krebs as the new head of National Protection and Programs Directorate in a voice vote on Tuesday. The confirmation comes almost four months after Krebs was nominated by the president.
In his new role, Krebs will be responsible for the prevention and early detection of cyber attacks to protect infrastructure. He will also help states secure their voting systems.
Christopher Krebs is Virginia native who is no stranger to working within the White House.
His first stint with the Department of Homeland Security was during the George W. Bush administration as policy advisor to assistant secretary for infrastructure.
When former President Obama took office, Krebs left for the private sector as a cyber security specialist with a lobbying firm in Washington where he stayed until 2014. At that time he took up shop as director of cybersecurity policy for Microsoft’s government affairs team.
Since March 2017, Krebs has been the senior official performing the duties of the undersecretary for nppd, where he oversaw the cyber and physical infrastructure security mission for the department.
Simultaneously, he has also served as assistant secretary of infrastructure protection at the DHS.
Krebs has been serving in the role of acting undersecretary since August 2017.
He looks to continue his work on a range of cybersecurity, critical infrastructure protection and national resilience issues.