Chris Krebs is the President’s nominee for Undersecretary of the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), and is currently the Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Undersecretary for NPPD, within in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), where he oversees the cyber and physical infrastructure security mission for the Department.
Mr. Krebs is concurrently filling the role of Assistant Secretary for the Office of Infrastructure Protection, to which he was appointed by the President in August 2017. As Assistant Secretary, he leads NPPD’s mission on issues such as preventing complex mass attacks, securing high-risk chemicals, and other areas related to cyber and physical infrastructure resilience. This includes serving as the national coordinator for the critical infrastructure security and resilience mission and directly managing six of the 16 critical infrastructure sectors outlined in the National Infrastructure Protection Plan. The 16 sectors cover a complex and interconnected range of infrastructure, such as commercial facilities, emergency services, chemical facilities, nuclear facilities and government facilities including the 2017 addition of an election infrastructure subsector.
Mr. Krebs joined the DHS in March 2017, serving as Senior Counselor to the Secretary, where he advised DHS leadership on a range of cybersecurity, critical infrastructure protection, and national resilience issues. Prior to coming to DHS, he was a member of Microsoft’s U.S. Government Affairs team as the Director for Cybersecurity Policy, where he led Microsoft’s U.S. policy work on cybersecurity and technology issues. Before Microsoft, Mr. Krebs advised industry and Federal, State, and local government customers on a range of cybersecurity and risk management issues. This is his second stint working at DHS, previously serving as the Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection and playing a formative role in a number of national and international risk management programs.
Mr. Krebs holds a Bachelors in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia and a J.D. from the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University.