The White House’s Office of the National Cyber Director (NCD) has made a few new recent hires to staff up the office and support the office’s mission.


Xavier Ortega has been added to the fold as special assistant to the deputy NCD for Strategy and Budget at the office, along with Gevin Reynolds who will also serve as a special assistant within the Office of the National Cyber Director (ONCD).


Additionally, Faith Lowe has been hired as the new deputy assistant NCD for Stakeholder Engagement at ONCD. She was formerly the deputy White House liaison at the Office of the Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security.


Currently, ONCD is reviewing legislation to start the process of requiring providers of critical information and communications technology (ICT) to have standard security features.


Speaking at an event recently, National Cyber Director Chris Inglis mentioned that it’s important to avoid “collective complacency” on cybersecurity.


“Now, [commercial IT is] so ubiquitous and so broadly spread it’s going to be harder to figure out in that case, what are the critical bits and pieces, but I think that we’re working our way through that at the moment,” Inglis said at the time.

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