DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano has appointed Mark Weatherford, most recently vice president and CSO of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), as the DHS' new deputy undersecretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD).

"NPPD undersecretary Rand Beers revealed the appointment in a DHS blog post," writes InformationWeek's Elizabeth Montalbano. "The DHS created the new position last month to complement the role of NPPD deputy undersecretary Suzanne Spaulding, who was appointed last month, according to an internal email by Beers obtained by InformationWeek."

"Weatherford will be in charge of ensuring the NPPD engages in 'robust operations and strengthened partnerships in the constantly evolving field of cybersecurity,' Beers said in the e-mail," Montalbano writes. "The role entails working with private-sector partners to strengthen the overall cybersecurity position of the United States."

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