Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Risk

DHS Appoints Weatherford Cybersecurity Chief

Former energy exec has extensive security experience working for the states of California and Colorado.

Inside DHS' Classified Cyber-Coordination Headquarters
(click image for larger view)
Slideshow: Inside DHS' Classified Cyber-Coordination Headquarters
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has tapped a former energy executive to work with cybersecurity partners across the country on issues that affect the federal government.

DHS secretary Janet Napolitano appointed Mark Weatherford, most recently VP and chief security officer of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), as the department's new deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity for the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD). NERC is an organization aimed at ensuring the reliability of North American power grids. The DHS NPPD is in charge of reducing threats to U.S. citizens, both physical and cyber.

NPPD undersecretary Rand Beers revealed the appointment in a DHS blog post. The DHS created the new position last month to complement the role of NPPD deputy undersecretary Suzanne Spaulding, who was appointed last month, according to an internal email by Beers obtained by InformationWeek.

While Spaulding focuses on reducing risk and bolstering the cybersecurity of U.S. critical infrastructure and federal facilities, including federal identity management and verification efforts, the new cybersecurity role will have an external focus, Beers said.

[Could an attack by an organization like Anonymous Cripple Critical U.S. Infrastructure?]

Weatherford will be in charge of ensuring the NPPD engages in "robust operations and strengthened partnerships in the constantly evolving field of cybersecurity," Beers said in the e-mail. The role entails working with private-sector partners to strengthen the overall cybersecurity position of the United States.

Before Weatherford's appointment, Greg Schaffer, who served as acting deputy undersecretary until Spaulding's appointment, has filled the position. Schaffer will continue to serve until Weatherford joins the DHS in mid-November, and then will resume his role as assistant secretary for cybersecurity and communications, Beers said in his blog post.

The DHS has a unique position in the federal government as the lead agency on creating partnerships and sharing information with the private sector on issues of cybersecurity, work that the federal watchdog Government Accountability Office (GAO) has criticized in the past. The appointment of Weatherford is aimed at shoring up these efforts and making them more effective.

Though he most recently served in the private sector, Weatherford has significant cybersecurity experience in the public sector, mainly at the state-government level.

Prior to his work at NERC, he was the chief information security officer for the State of California's office of information security, and before that he worked to establish the State of Colorado's first cybersecurity program as chief security officer there.

Weatherford also has U.S. military experience as a former naval cryptologic officer, a role in which he led the Navy's computer network defense operations and the Naval Computer Incident Response Team.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Mobile Banking Malware Up 50% in First Half of 2019
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  1/17/2020
Exploits Released for As-Yet Unpatched Critical Citrix Flaw
Jai Vijayan, Contributing Writer,  1/13/2020
Microsoft to Officially End Support for Windows 7, Server 2008
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  1/13/2020
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Write a Caption, Win a Starbucks Card! Click Here
Latest Comment: This comment is waiting for review by our moderators.
Current Issue
The Year in Security: 2019
This Tech Digest provides a wrap up and overview of the year's top cybersecurity news stories. It was a year of new twists on old threats, with fears of another WannaCry-type worm and of a possible botnet army of Wi-Fi routers. But 2019 also underscored the risk of firmware and trusted security tools harboring dangerous holes that cybercriminals and nation-state hackers could readily abuse. Read more.
Flash Poll
[Just Released] How Enterprises are Attacking the Cybersecurity Problem
[Just Released] How Enterprises are Attacking the Cybersecurity Problem
Organizations have invested in a sweeping array of security technologies to address challenges associated with the growing number of cybersecurity attacks. However, the complexity involved in managing these technologies is emerging as a major problem. Read this report to find out what your peers biggest security challenges are and the technologies they are using to address them.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2020-7227
PUBLISHED: 2020-01-18
Westermo MRD-315 1.7.3 and 1.7.4 devices have an information disclosure vulnerability that allows an authenticated remote attacker to retrieve the source code of different functions of the web application via requests that lack certain mandatory parameters. This affects ifaces-diag.asp, system.asp, ...
CVE-2019-15625
PUBLISHED: 2020-01-18
A memory usage vulnerability exists in Trend Micro Password Manager 3.8 that could allow an attacker with access and permissions to the victim's memory processes to extract sensitive information.
CVE-2019-19696
PUBLISHED: 2020-01-18
A RootCA vulnerability found in Trend Micro Password Manager for Windows and macOS exists where the localhost.key of RootCA.crt might be improperly accessed by an unauthorized party and could be used to create malicious self-signed SSL certificates, allowing an attacker to misdirect a user to phishi...
CVE-2019-19697
PUBLISHED: 2020-01-18
An arbitrary code execution vulnerability exists in the Trend Micro Security 2019 (v15) consumer family of products which could allow an attacker to gain elevated privileges and tamper with protected services by disabling or otherwise preventing them to start. An attacker must already have administr...
CVE-2019-20357
PUBLISHED: 2020-01-18
A Persistent Arbitrary Code Execution vulnerability exists in the Trend Micro Security 2020 (v160 and 2019 (v15) consumer familiy of products which could potentially allow an attacker the ability to create a malicious program to escalate privileges and attain persistence on a vulnerable system.