WASHINGTON - Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Director Jen Easterly has announced the selection of Mona Harrington as Assistant Director for the agency’s National Risk Management Center (NRMC). Harrington started at CISA as Deputy Assistant Director for the NRMC in February 2022 and has been serving as Acting Assistant Director since March.
“I am thrilled to have Mona Harrington at the helm of our National Risk Management Center,” said Director Easterly. “Her extensive experience in cybersecurity, election security, and risk management make her the ideal executive to lead the NRMC as it evolves to meet the threats of today and tomorrow. The cyber and physical risks facing our nation’s critical infrastructure are vast and complex; NRMC’s work is essential to ensuring our collective resources are having the greatest impact on security and resilience.”
“It’s an honor to be leading the NRMC at such an exciting time," said Assistant Director Harrington. "Our analysis and insights drive visibility into infrastructure risks that benefit both the private and public sectors, enabling prioritized and coordinated risk mitigation planning. I’m excited to work with the great NRMC team and our partners across government and industry to drive down risk to our critical infrastructure.”
Prior to joining CISA, Assistant Director Harrington served at the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC), as the Executive Director and the Chief Information and Security Officer. As the Executive Director, she worked closely with CISA on election security efforts and led EAC’s support to election officials responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Before joining the EAC, Harrington spent 17 years in cybersecurity and information technology leadership roles in the Judiciary, including as the Assistant Circuit Executive for IT and Security. Assistant Director Harrington’s full bio is available here.
Assistant Director Harrington holds a Master of Science from the College of Applied Sciences, Rochester Institute of Technology with a concentration in cyber and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear warfare. She also holds a Senior Managers in Government Executive Certificate from the Harvard Kennedy School.
As the nation’s cyber defense agency, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency leads the national effort to understand, manage, and reduce risk to the digital and physical infrastructure Americans rely on every hour of every day. Visit CISA.gov for more information.