Google hires former top cybersecurity officer at Department of Homeland Security to join Google Cloud

Jeanette Manfra, a former chief cyber security officer at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), will join Google Cloud in January, according to cNETT, amedia outlet. Manfra led the Department of Homeland Security(DHS) effort to secure the 2018 midterm elections, helping to coordinate the protection of cybersecurity for local polling officials across the country. News of Manfra’s addition was first reported by CyberScoop.

Google hires former top cybersecurity officer at Department of Homeland Security to join Google Cloud

“She will use her extensive experience in cybersecurity to help our customers, especially those in regulated industries, build and maintain the highest level of security and trust in their technology infrastructure and services,” a Google Cloud spokesman said in a statement. The Department of Homeland Security’s branch, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), declined to comment.

Google said Manfra, who is chief information security officer, will serve as global director of security and compliance as Google Cloud plans to create a new CISO team office. She is expected to take up her post on January 6, according to a Google Cloud spokesman.

Manfra has spent more than a decade dealing with cyber security issues in the public sector. She was assistant secretary of the Cybersecurity and Communications Office of the Department of Homeland Security’s National Protection and Planning Agency, which became CISA last November. Later, she served as Assistant Director of Cybersecurity at CISA.

CISA is the first civilian cybersecurity agency in the United States to coordinate cyber security responses for critical infrastructure, such as energy systems and hospitals. Manfra announced that she had left the Department of Homeland Security in November.

Manfra isn’t the only former DHS official to join Google. Google employees and some members of Congress have protested Google’s hiring of Miles Taylor, a former chief of staff to former Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. Taylor has publicly backed U.S. President Donald Trump’s travel ban. Google has explained its hiring of Taylor and said its partnership with Taylor will focus on counterterrorism and national security.

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