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Steve Luczynski Leaves CISA to Return to the Private Sector

Steve Luczynski has announced that he has left the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to return to the private sector.

Luczynski led CISA’s COVID Task Force after being recruited and hired in August 2020 to design and implement the agency’s pandemic response. 

“I’m proud of the work we did to bolster the cyber and physical security of the numerous entities involved in the research and development, manufacture, and distribution of vaccines,” Luczynski posted on his LinkedIn page.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to lead such an incredibly talented team of experts from the private sector and Federal government. We had a direct impact on preventing the further loss of American lives.

“In parallel, we pushed new ideas for a young agency, and as my Deputy stated so well, “we exposed cracks in established processes and ways of thinking” that needed to see the light of day. We engaged other government agencies to leverage CISA’s authorities and cadre of experts to lead cybersecurity efforts across the healthcare sector. There is a tremendous wealth of talent available to address the complex cyber and physical security issues faced by all the critical infrastructure sectors which enable our national critical functions. I appreciate getting to see their work firsthand, and I know their success will only continue to grow.

“I cannot express my gratitude in the space available for the long list of teammates, mentors, and advisors I had the privilege of working alongside, especially for their patience with me throughout.”

Prior to joining CISA, Luczynski was vice president and CISO at T-Rex Solutions, LLC. He has not as yet announced where he is headed after his brief sabbatical. A retired U.S. Air Force fighter pilot and Colonel, he was also a deputy director for cyber plans and operations at the Department of Defense between June 2014 and August 2017.

He has been Chair for the Board of Directors overseeing the 501(c)(3) non-profit, the Aerospace Village, since January 2021. The Aerospace Village’s mission is to build, inspire, and promote an inclusive community of next-generation aerospace cybersecurity expertise and leaders.

Luczynski earned his master’s degree in National Security Strategy at the National Defense University.

Kylie Bielby
Kylie Bielby has more than 20 years' experience in reporting and editing a wide range of security topics, covering geopolitical and policy analysis to international and country-specific trends and events. Before joining GTSC's Homeland Security Today staff, she was an editor and contributor for Jane's, and a columnist and managing editor for security and counter-terror publications.

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