Speaker

Brandon Wales

Executive Director

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

Biography

Brandon Wales is the Executive Director for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and is responsible for leading long-term strategy development, managing CISA-wide policy initiatives and ensuring effective operational collaboration across the Agency.

On February 20, 2022, the Secretary of Homeland Security appointed Mr. Wales as the Senior Response Official for domestic preparedness and response to the current Russia-Ukraine crisis after President Biden designated DHS as the Lead Federal Agency on Domestic preparedness and response.

From November 17, 2020 through July 12, 2021, he was designated as the Acting Director of CISA. In this capacity, he oversaw CISA’s efforts to defend civilian networks, manage systemic risk to national critical functions, and work with stakeholders to raise the security baseline of the Nation’s cyber and physical infrastructure.

He has previously served as the Senior Counselor to the Secretary for Cyber and Resilience, the Acting Chief of Staff of the Department and as the Director of the DHS Office of Cyber and Infrastructure Analysis (OCIA), which provided integrated analysis of cyber and physical risks to the Nation’s critical infrastructure. When the Department began working on the first Quadrennial Homeland Security Review in 2009, Mr. Wales was asked to lead the review of the counterterrorism and cyber security mission areas.

Mr. Wales’ contributions have been recognized with an Exceptional Performance Award from the Director of National Intelligence, a DHS Secretary’s Award for Excellence, and two DHS Distinguished Service Medals, the Department’s highest civilian award.