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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced additions to its leadership team for the National Protection and Programs Directorate’s (NPPD) Office of Cybersecurity and Communications (CS&C) in an effort to “to strengthen the resilience of critical networks and protect the systems we all rely on.”

The additions to the CS&C include retired Air Force Brigadier General Gregory J. Touhill, who will serve as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity Operations and Programs, and brings more than thirty years of experience including service as the Chief Information Officer and Director of Command, Control, Communications, and Cyber Systems at the United States Transportation Command.

“General Touhill has extensive experience in management, including with large, complex acquisitions, and will focus on the development and implementation of operational programs designed to protect our government networks and the critical systems that run our power plants and utilities, such as the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program and our 24X7 National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center,” DHS said in a press release.

Touhill also recently served on the Board of Advisors for the Cyber Security Forum Initiative (CSFI), a non-profit organization with a mission to provide Cyber Warfare awareness, guidance, and security solutions through collaboration, education, volunteer work, and training to assist the US Government, US Military, Commercial Interests, and International Partners.

CSFI was born out of the collaboration of dozens of experts, and today CSFI is comprised of a large community of over 31,000 cyber security and cyber warfare professionals from the government, military, private sector, and academia, according to the organization.

Also joining the CS&C team is Dr. Andy Ozment, formerly Senior Director for Cybersecurity at the White House as well as holding operational and policy roles at both DHS and the Department of Defense. Ozment led the development and implementation of Executive Order 13636 which resulted in the drafting of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework and the creation of the Critical Infrastructure Cyber Community C³ Voluntary Program.

Bobbie Stempfley, who previously served as Acting Assistant Secretary in addition to her duties as Deputy Assistant Secretary, will now occupy the newly created position of Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity Strategy and Emergency Communications.

“Together, they will work as a team at the direction of the Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity and Communications. As we continue to grow and build on our existing cybersecurity team, we look forward to furthering our efforts in cybersecurity and communications as key elements of our overarching mission to strengthen the security and resilience of our nation’s critical infrastructure,” DHS said.

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