The digital threat landscape is wrought with nation-state advanced persistent threat groups, cyber-mercenaries, dragnet surveillance propagandists, insider threats, and numerous other dangerous adversaries intent on exfiltrating vital intelligence, disseminating poisonous disinformation, compromising vital systems, and disrupting critical operations. America’s critical infrastructure and national security assets are under constant assault. Qualified Information Security leaders are scarce in the public sector, yet their importance cannot be understated. Bill Evanina is one of the most potent and proactive leaders in the counterintelligence and espionage space. He has served as director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center under the Office of the Director of National Intelligence since 2014. In this role, Mr. Evanina serves as the head of Counterintelligence (CI) for the U.S. Government and as the principal CI and Security advisor to the Director of National Intelligence. On February 1, 2018, President Trump nominated William R. Evanina to be the first Senate-confirmed Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center. With bipartisan support across two administrations, Evanina is the trusted and proven choice for confirmation as the director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center.
The NCSC protects America’s secrets, oversees the security clearance process, develops national counterintelligence strategies, assesses insider threats, and provides guidance to federal agencies concerning the digital capabilities of foreign threat actors. Before serving as NCSC director in 2014, Evanina served at the CIA as the chief of the Counterespionage Group. Evanina accepted the role at the NCSC just after the 2014 OPM breach (revealed in 2015), and as a result, he is familiar with the necessity and challenges of modernizing the security clearance process and sustainability systems within the federal government. As director, he fought for the inclusion of continuous evaluation and monitoring in the security clearance process as a way to provide real-time threat indicator updates for federal employees and contractors. He also argued for the incorporation of social media data into an applicant’s background investigation.
Evanina has experience directing the federal government response to insider threat cases that threaten national security, and he is uniquely qualified to implement innovative prevention, mitigation, detection, and response strategies that respond to the modern threat landscape. Before becoming NCSC director in 2014, Evanina led the 2013 investigation into NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Further, his tenure as director overlapped with the Harold Martin, Reality Winner, and other severe insider threat cases.
At the 2017 ICIT Gala and Benefit, Bill Evanina received the Pinnacle Award in recognition for his leadership in the Information Security community and his commitment to National Security. Bill Evanina leads the cybersecurity renaissance at DNI from the front lines, and he is uniquely qualified to spearhead essential modernization and security efforts within the federal government. In recognition of his commitment to securing national security, quelling insider threats, steering modernization efforts, and guiding agency response to foreign threats, ICIT fully endorses Bill Evanina in his service as newly appointed director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center.