Driggers moves into senior cyber post at DHS

Rick Driggers, principal deputy director of the Department of Homeland Security's National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, is moving over to the department's Cybersecurity and Communications Office in the National Protection and Programs Directorate, agency officials confirmed to FCW.

Driggers will gradually take on the duties of deputy assistant secretary for cybersecurity and communications. His predecessor, Danny Toler, has told his employees that he is retiring.

The moves were first reported in Politico's Morning Cybersecurity newsletter.

The Cybersecurity and Communications Office is responsible for securing .gov networks, and it coordinates with critical infrastructure providers and the private sector to protect commercial networks.

The NCCIC is DHS' hub for cyber incident response and management. It houses the Computer Emergency Response Teams that are deployed to commercial and infrastructure companies in the wake of cyberattacks.

A DHS official said a replacement for Driggers at NCCIC has not yet been named.

DHS, NPPD and Congress have been moving to replace NPPD, and streamline and combine cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection operations closer together under a new Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas), introduced a bill on July 24 to do just that. The bipartisan measure passed out of committee and is due for a vote in the full House.

This article was updated Aug. 14.

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