Blog Editor’s Note: This new risk center was mentioned at the recent DHS Cyber Security Summit. Mr. Bob Kolasky, it’s new leader, has told us that GPS and PNT issues will be one of the center’s focus areas. “It is very much top-of-mind” Kolasky told us before the summit. The folks in the DHS Critical Infrastructure office who were dealing with PNT issues will be transferred to the new National Risk Management Center.
6 August 2016
Kolasky To Lead DHS NRMC, Resources for New Center Revealed
Department of Homeland Security Under Secretary Chris Krebs, head of the agency’s National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), has named Bob Kolasky to serve as director of the newly-established National Risk Management Center (NRMC), a DHS official confirmed to MeriTalk today.
Kolasky currently serves as the acting assistant secretary of Infrastructure Protection at NPPD and was previously the deputy assistant secretary of Infrastructure Protection. “Bob is uniquely qualified to lead this significant undertaking and I am confident he is ready for the challenge,” Krebs said. “Bob will stand up a planning team and begin his transition to lead the Center.”
News of Kolasky’s appointment comes from an August 2 memo sent from Krebs to his colleagues at NPPD. A DHS official confirmed to MeriTalk the authenticity of the memo, obtained by Inside Cybersecurity. In the memo, Krebs discusses staffing for the new center, and how it will function in concert with other DHS cyber and critical infrastructure offices.
Krebs said NRMC will initially be comprised of NPPD’s Office of Cyber and Infrastructure Analysis (OCIA), with additional resources from the Office of Infrastructure Protection and Office of Cybersecurity and Communications (CS&C).