Christopher Krebs, acting undersecretary of the Department of Homeland Security‘s National Protection and Programs Directorate, has been nominated by President Donald Trump to lead NPPD on a full-time basis.
He concurrently serves as assistant secretary in the Office of Infrastructure Protection and leads NPPD’s efforts to prevent complex mass attacks, secure high-risk chemicals and increase resilience of cyber and physical infrastructure across the U.S., the White House said Thursday.
Rep. Jim Langevin (D-Rhode Island) said in a statement published Wednesday that Krebs’ nomination reflects an urgency to reform NPPD.
“I hope the Senate will move quickly to take up the House-passed bill that will allow the organization to continue to evolve,” Langevin added.
Krebs joined the department in March of last year as senior counselor who advised the Homeland Security secretary on matters related to critical infrastructure protection, cybersecurity and national resilience.
Before DHS, he served as director of cybersecurity policy within Microsoft‘s U.S. government affairs team, a principal of Obsidian Analysis and a vice president of Dutko.