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Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge Announces Director of the National Cyber Security Division

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
September 15, 2003

Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge is pleased to announce the appointment of Amit Yoran of Virginia to serve as the Director of the National Cyber Security Division of the Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection office at the Department of Homeland Security. Mr. Yoran was most recently the Vice President for Managed Security Services at Symantec Corporation where he was primarily responsible for managing security infrastructures in 40 different countries. Before working with Symantec, Mr. Yoran was the Founder, President and CEO of Riptech, Inc., a leader in outsourced information security management and monitoring. Before working in the private sector, Mr. Yoran was the Director of the Vulnerability Assessment Program within the Computer Emergency Response Team at the Department of Defense and the Network Security Manager and the Department of Defense where he was responsible for maintaining operations of the Pentagon's network. Mr. Yoran has a B.S. from the United States Military Academy at West Point and an M.S. from George Washington University.

The Department of Homeland Security, in implementing the President's National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace and the Homeland Security Act of 2002 announced the creation of the NCSD under the Department's Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection Office in June 2003. The NCSD will provide for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week functions, including conducting cyberspace analysis, issuing alerts and warning, improving information sharing, responding to major incidents, and aiding in national-level recovery efforts. This Division represents a significant step toward advancing the Federal government's interaction and partnership with industry and other organizations in this critical area.


Amit Yoran

Vice President, Managed Security Services Operations

Symantec Corporation

Amit Yoran is Vice President of Managed Security Services Operations at Symantec, where he leverages extensive information security experience in both the public and private sectors. In the private sector, Amit provided 24x7x365 managed security monitoring for small to medium enterprises, as well as a number of Fortune 500 companies. Considering public sector experience, Amit has worked with a number of agencies, including the Pentagon, where he worked with national and international law enforcement and intelligence organizations to prevent and respond to security breaches of national infrastructure networks.

Prior to joining Symantec, Amit was president and chief executive officer of Riptech, a managed security services provider that he founded in 1998. Previous to this role, Amit served as Director of the Vulnerability Assessment and Assistance Program for the U.S. Department of Defense Computer Emergency Response Team (DoD/CERT).

Amit Yoran earned a M.S. in Computer Security from The George Washington University and a B.S. in Computer Science with honors from The United States Military Academy at West Point. Additionally, he serves as a member of The George Washington University adjunct faculty.