James Burd has taken over the role of Chief Privacy Officer (CPO) at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).

Burd has been with CISA for two and a half years, serving as both deputy CPO and acting CPO. Prior to that, he spent nearly eight years at the National Protection and Programs Directorate – the forerunner organization to CISA – in various capacities, including Acting Privacy Officer and Deputy Privacy Officer.

Burd carries a wealth of IT experience working on issues related to cybersecurity, physical security, information sharing, identity management, biometrics, law enforcement, and national security.

According to CISA, Burd’s office is responsible for “ensuring CISA integrates full individual privacy protections into the management of a safe, secure, and resilient cyber and physical infrastructure.”

Most recently, CISA leadership testified in front of the House Appropriations Department of Homeland Security Subcommittee to discuss supply chain integrity and increasing the agency’s resources to maintain cybersecurity mission goals in the wake of the recent SolarWinds and Microsoft Exchange hacks.

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Jordan Smith is a MeriTalk Senior Technology Reporter covering the intersection of government and technology.