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NSA Announces Retirement of Cybersecurity Director Rob Joyce

NSA says Rob Joyce is retiring as cybersecurity director and will be replaced by David Luber, the current deputy director of cybersecurity.

Rob Joyce retiring from NSA

The National Security Agency (NSA) announced on Tuesday that Rob Joyce will be leaving his position as the agency’s cybersecurity director on March 31.

Joyce, an official who is highly respected in the cybersecurity community, was appointed the NSA’s cybersecurity director in early 2021. 

As the agency’s cybersecurity chief, his focus has been on preventing and eradicating threats to national security systems and critical infrastructure, as well as expanding partnerships with other government agencies, the academic sector, the cybersecurity industry, and US allies.

Before joining the NSA’s Cybersecurity Directorate (CSD), Joyce represented the agency in the United Kingdom, served as the White House’s cybersecurity coordinator, and led the NSA’s Tailored Access Operations (TAO) hacking unit. He retires after 34 years of service at the NSA. 

David Luber, deputy director of the NSA’s Cybersecurity Directorate, will replace Joyce as cybersecurity director. Luber previously served as executive director for US Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM). 

The news comes a few weeks after General Timothy D. Haugh assumed command of the NSA, USCYBERCOM, and the Central Security Service. 

“Rob’s leadership of the agency’s critical Cybersecurity mission has been exemplary,” Haugh said on Tuesday. “His vision and development of the CSD team and its capacities ensures that NSA’s cybersecurity mission is healthy and will continue to be successful in protecting our allies and national systems well into the future.”

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Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a managing editor at SecurityWeek. He worked as a high school IT teacher for two years before starting a career in journalism as Softpedia’s security news reporter. Eduard holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial informatics and a master’s degree in computer techniques applied in electrical engineering.


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