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Rob Joyce Appointed Director of Cybersecurity at NSA

The U.S. National Security Agency on Friday announced that Rob Joyce, an official who is highly respected in the cybersecurity community, has been named the agency’s new director of cybersecurity.

Rob Joyce named director of cyber at NSA

Joyce, who according to his LinkedIn profile has been working for the Defense Department for the past 32 years, replaces Anne Neuberger, who has been appointed Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technology by the upcoming Biden administration.

Before taking the role of director of cyber at the NSA, Joyce represented the intelligence agency in the UK, and served as senior adviser to the NSA director on cybersecurity strategy.

Prior to that, he was cybersecurity coordinator in the Trump administration’s National Security Council. Following his departure, the White House announced a controversial decision to eliminate the role of cybersecurity coordinator.

Joyce also served as head of the NSA’s Tailored Access Operations (TAO) hacking unit.

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Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a contributing 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.