Washington (AP) – President Joe Biden has selected two former high-ranking National Security Agency officials to play key cyber roles in his administration, the White House said Monday.
Chris Inglis, the former deputy director of the NSA, is running as the government’s first national cyber director. SA Pasterlin, a former NSA deputy director of counterterrorism, has been assigned to head the National Security Agency’s Cyber Security and Infrastructure Security Agency.
The appointments come as the Biden administration faces a backlash from SolarWinds, a breach of federal government agencies, allegedly carried out by Russian hackers, and an intrusion into Microsoft Exchange e-mail software.
“I’m proud of what we’re building across the U.S. government when it comes to cybersecurity,” said National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan in a statement announcing Biden ‘s Easter nomination program in England. “We are determined to protect America’s networks, to meet the growing challenge of our adversaries in cyberspace, it’s the team to do it.”
The Washington Post first reported on the nominations.