James Burd is the acting Chief Privacy Officer for the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Burd has served in this capacity since October 2018, and he has worked in various privacy and data governance capacities at CISA and its predecessor agency, the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), since 2011.
Burd leads CISA’s Office of the Chief Privacy Officer (OCPO) and is responsible for ensuring CISA integrates full individual privacy protections into the management of a safe, secure, and resilient cyber and physical infrastructure. The OCPO represents the privacy interests of all Americans by promoting transparency, fairness, and equality in CISA’s activities, strategies, and operations.
Previously, Burd was the deputy chief privacy officer for NPPD and served as a senior privacy analyst working on issues related to cybersecurity, physical security, information sharing, identity management, biometrics, law enforcement, and national security. Burd’s work as a senior privacy analyst was critical to establishing the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015’s privacy and civil liberties safeguards.
Prior to joining DHS in 2011, Burd supported the Smart Border Alliance, working on data quality issues for DHS information systems. Burd started his professional career working on data quality issues for a telecommunications company.