Cyber defense pro Eric Goldstein leaves his top US post

May 17, 2024
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  • Eric Goldstein, a top US cyber defense official, is stepping down from his role at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency after three years in the federal government.
  • Goldstein’s departure is part of a series of federal cyber staffing shake-ups.

Eric Goldstein, one of the top officials for the U.S. cyber defense agency, is leaving his post after serving for more than three years in the federal government. Goldstein, the executive assistant director for cybersecurity at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, joined the Biden administration in 2021. He previously served as the head of cybersecurity policy for Goldman Sachs.

Goldstein is planning to return to the private sector after stepping down on an unspecified date in June, a CISA spokesperson told Information Security Media Group (ISMG). CISA Director Jen Easterly noted that Goldstein helped reshape the agency’s ability to detect and address cyber risks and pioneered new models of operational collaboration. Goldstein’s departure coincides with other cyber staffing changes at the federal level, including the announcement that Federal Chief Information Security Officer Chris DeRusha is stepping down. The article also mentions Goldstein’s previous work on CISA’s first-ever cyber strategic plan issued in 2023.

This highlights the critical role that Goldstein played in cyber defense at the federal level and the ongoing changes within CISA’s leadership. His departure comes during a time of increased focus on cybersecurity across various government agencies in the United States.

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