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DHS Cyber Asst Secretary Michael Locatis Stepping Down

Michael Locatis (pictured left)
Michael Locatis (pictured left)

Michael Locatis, assistant secretary for cybersecurity and communications at Department of Homeland Security, is stepping down from his position as of Friday, GovInfoSecurity reports.

Locatis, a former Energy Department chief information officer, joined DHS in April 2012 and held responsibility for coordinating the department’s cybersecurity and communications office.

writes Bobbie Stempfley, assistant secretary, will succeed Locatis on an acting basis until DHS finds a full-time replacement.

DHS Undersecretary Randy Beers told employees Locatis is returning to Colorado, where his family lives, according to the report.

According to Locatis’ DHS biography, he works with public, private and international partners on cybersecurity and protecting federal and critical infrastructure networks.

As DOE’s CIO, he acted as principal adviser to the energy secretary on information management and as its senior information technology and cybersecurity official.

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