The Senate confirmed Biden nominee and former National Security Agency (NSA) Deputy Director Chris Inglis as the nation’s first White House national cyber director on Thursday in a unanimous decision.
“It will not stop of its own accord, it is not a fire raging across the prairie that once it’s consumed the fuel it will simply stop and we can simply wait for that moment, we must stand in,” Inglis said regarding cyber warfare during his nomination hearing.
“It will never go away completely, but we can bring it down, we can bring it to heel significantly,” he added.
The Hill reported, “The creation of the national cyber director position was a key recommendation by the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, a group established by Congress in 2018 to create recommendations to protect the U.S. from cyber threats.”
Congressman Jim Langevin tweeted, “After 11 long years, I’m thrilled the U.S. finally has a Senate-confirmed National Cyber Director in the White House.”
After 11 long years, I’m thrilled the U.S. finally has a Senate-confirmed National Cyber Director in the White House.
Congratulations, Chris! You certainly will have your hands full, but there’s no one better suited for this job than you.
America is rooting for you! https://t.co/wMoDfJNC4h
— Jim Langevin (@JimLangevin) June 17, 2021
The new role comes at a critical time for the nation’s cyber security. In 2021, the nation has already faced fuel shortages due to a cyber attack on the Colonial Pipeline, as well as an attack on the meat industry.
Inglis will face many controversies in his new role, yet hopes to address the many cyber battles facing the nation in the growing information age.