Daniel Bardenstein, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) Chief of Technology Strategy and Delivery, said on Jan. 18 he will be stepping down from his post at the cyber defense agency.

Bardenstein, who has been at CISA since December 2021, said in a tweet that he was leaving the agency “much earlier” than he had originally anticipated.

“I’ve gotten to work on incredibly meaningful and impactful projects, but a unique opportunity came up that was incredibly hard to turn down,” Bardenstein wrote, without providing further insight into his next move.  His LinkedIn page does list him as chief technology officer and co-founder of Manifest Cyber beginning in April 2022.

During his tenure at the cyber defense agency, Bardenstein led efforts developing CISA’s cross-sector cybersecurity performance goals (CPG) and advancing Federal tech modernization efforts.

“From the CPGs to pushing tech modernization, to leadership in ICS/OT, CISA provided me no shortage of critical efforts to help tackle. We even had some fun, putting pizza parties and XKCD Easter eggs in cybersecurity standards,” Bardenstein said.

Bardenstein has held several top cybersecurity positions across the public and private sectors. From April 2020 to December 2021, Bardenstein served as the director of cybersecurity programs for the Defense Digital Service, where he worked on bringing industry best practices to government cybersecurity problems.

During the same time span, Bardenstein also served as the cybersecurity co-lead for the Department of Defense’s “Operation Warp Speed,” where he co-led cybersecurity for the Federal government’s efforts to rapidly develop, distribute, and administer COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics.

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Lisbeth Perez is a MeriTalk Senior Technology Reporter covering the intersection of government and technology.