Krebs Confirmed as National Protection and Programs Directorate Leader

The senate confirmed Christopher Krebs for the position of undersecretary for the Department of Homeland Security’s National Protection and Programs Directorate on Tuesday.

“Congratulations to Christopher Krebs on his Senate confirmation as the Under Secretary for @NPPD. Together, @nppd_krebs & I will continue to work w Congress to affirm DHS’s central role in leading the federal government’s critical infrastructure & @cyber efforts,” said a statement from Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen tweeted by the Department of Homeland Security.

Krebs was nominated for the position on Feb. 13. He has been serving in the role as undersecretary since 2017, overseeing the cyber and physical infrastructure security mission for the department while concurrently serving as assistant secretary in the Office of Infrastructure Protection.

He joined DHS last March as a senior counselor to then-Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.

Prior to this, he was director of cybersecurity policy with Microsoft’s government affairs team for three years, and he also held positions as a principal of Obsidian Analysis and a vice president of Dutko.

Krebs holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences from the University of Virginia and a J.D. from the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University.

“It’s an incredible honor to be confirmed as the Under Secretary of @NPPD. I’m excited to ditch the SOPDUS title and officially get to work leading NPPD’s efforts advancing the #cybersecurity and resilience of the nation’s critical infrastructure,” Krebs tweeted.

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