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News | April 9, 2021

Rob Joyce begins as NSA’s Director of Cybersecurity

Rob Joyce started as the National Security Agency’s new Director of Cybersecurity last week. As the new Cybersecurity director, he oversees NSA’s Cybersecurity Directorate, which was established in October 2019 to prevent and eradicate cyber threats to the Department of Defense, National Security Systems, and the Defense Industrial Base.

Joyce assumed the position after serving as NSA’s top cryptologic representative in the United Kingdom; the Special U.S. Liaison Officer in London. Joyce has also held positions in the National Security Council, serving as cybersecurity coordinator and special assistant to the president from March 2017 to May 2018, including time as acting Deputy Homeland Security Advisor and Acting Homeland Security Advisor.  He has worked to establish strong partnerships across the U.S. Government, industry, and allies, throughout his tenure and will continue these efforts in his new position.

Joyce succeeds Anne Neuberger, who now serves as the Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technology on the National Security Council. During her tenure, Neuberger worked to operationalize intelligence through actionable cybersecurity guidance and strengthen public-private partnerships for cybersecurity outcomes that scaled across sectors. These are goals Joyce shares, due to his wealth of experience in positions across the U.S. Government and overseas.

Joyce has a lengthy history with the National Security Agency, serving in multiple positions with a cybersecurity emphasis, including as the Deputy Director to the former Information Assurance Directorate, and as the Director of Tailored Access Operations.