Karen Evans was sworn in Tuesday as assistant secretary of Energy for Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER)–a newly created position at the agency, after the Senate confirmed her nomination last week. “Secretary Perry created the CESER office to address the emerging threats of tomorrow while protecting the reliability and security of American energy today,” said Dan Brouillette, deputy Energy secretary, in a statement. “From her extensive cybersecurity background in both the private and public sectors, there is no one better suited or more qualified to carry out this mission,” he said. Evans is a former chief information officer at the Energy Department, and in 2003 was named administrator for e-government and IT at the Office of Management and Budget–a position now commonly referred to as the Federal government’s CIO.

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