Christopher Krebs, a cybersecurity policy executive for Microsoft and vice-chair of the National Cyber Security Alliance, started work this week as a senior counselor to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, the first major cyber-policy appointment at the department.
Krebs “started at [the Department of Homeland Security] this week, as a senior counselor, and he’s generally working cyber issues,” DHS Spokesman David Lapan told CyberScoop via email.
Krebs, who has no relation to security blogger Brian Krebs, worked at the department as a policy advisor during the George W. Bush administration, according to his LinkedIn profile.
A former colleague said Krebs worked for Bob Stephan, when the retired Air Force colonel — now an executive with Alexandria, Va-based homeland security consultants CRA, Inc. — was DHS assistant secretary for infrastructure protection.
Krebs’ appointment, first reported by Politico, is one of a slew of new job announcements at DHS this week.
Monday, the White House said President Trump will nominate David Glawe to be DHS undersecretary for intelligence and analysis.
Glawe is a career official who is currently in charge of intelligence at U.S. Customs and Border Protection — the DHS agency that includes the customs and immigration officials that staff U.S. ports of entry and the Border Patrol that protects the frontier in between them.
Then Tuesday, the president named two assistant secretaries at DHS — Benjamin Cassidy for legislative affairs and Jonathan Rath Hoffman for public affairs.