By K.C. Jones
March 12, 2009
The Department of Homeland Security has announced a new cybersecurity
DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano has appointed Phil Reitinger as deputy
undersecretary of the National Protection and Programs Directorate.
Reitinger will be charged with protecting the federal government's
computers and networks from cyberattacks.
"Phil's background in cybersecurity and computer crime, coupled with his
experience working across the federal government and the private sector
to develop innovative security strategies, makes him an asset to our
department," Napolitano said in a statement.
Reitinger has been responsible for improving and protecting the security
of information and infrastructure at Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT), where he
has served as chief trustworthy infrastructure strategist. In that role,
he worked closely with government agencies and other private companies
on cybersecurity programs. He's a member of the Federal Emergency
Management Agency's National Advisory Committee and considered an expert
on computer crime and policy.
He has also served as the Department of Defense's executive director of
the cybercrime center and he was deputy chief of the Department of
Justice's computer crime and intellectual property division. Reitinger
has a law degree from Yale Law School and a bachelor's in electrical
engineering and computer science from Vanderbilt University.
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