Thursday, September 29, 2011

Spaulding Named New Deputy Undersecretary for DHS' National Protection and Programs Directorate

The Department of Homeland Security named Suzanne Spaulding as the new deputy undersecretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD).

NPPD is a DHS agency that oversees and manages the government's cybersecurity responsibilities. As deputy undersecretary, Spaulding will handle critical infrastructure issues, Rand Beers, DHS undersecretary, said in an e-mail. Spaulding is expected to start at DHS in October.

"This position will help the directorate ensure robust operations and strengthened partnerships in the constantly evolving field of cybersecurity," Beers said. "As deputy undersecretary, [Spaulding] will focus on efforts to reduce risk and enhance the resiliency of critical infrastructure, secure federal facilities and advance identity management and verification."

As part of her role at DHS, Spaulding will oversee the Federal Protective Service, the Office of Risk Management and Analysis and the US-VISIT biometric identity management system, which is used to track foreign visitors to the United States.

Previously, Spaulding served as a principal for the Bingham Consulting Group. She also spent six years at the Central Intelligence Agency and served as senior counsel for former Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa.