According to a report late Sunday, John C. Inglis, the former deputy director of the National Security Agency, is set to be named by President Joe Biden to head the Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity agency, Fox News informed.
The Washington Post informed that the post is a White House position. The paper said Inglis, who spent eight years in the position at the NSA, is set to be confirmed with no obstacles in sight. The position was established at the end of last year and will likely have to face rising security threats posed by foreign actors.
The awaited Monday announcement comes weeks after reports surfaced that suspected Russian hackers got access to government email accounts, including one belonging to former acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf, the Associated Press informed. The accounts were accessed by what is known as the SolarWinds intrusion.
An inquiry by the AP found new details about the breach at DHS and other agencies, including the Energy Department, where hackers accessed top officials’ schedules. At least nine federal agencies were hacked, along with dozens of private-sector companies.