Bahamian gets top post in Biden administration

The United States Office of the National Cyber Director (ONCD) on Tuesday announced Bahamian Kemba Eneas-Walden as the first principal deputy national cyber director.

Two deputy national cyber directors – Neal Higgins and Rob Knake – were also announced.

Eneas-Walden is the daughter of the late Dr. Judson Eneas and Marcheta Eneas.

The ONCD said, “These key personnel will join Deputy National Cyber Director for Federal Cybersecurity and Federal Chief Information Security Officer Chris DeRusha in fulfilling ONCD’s mission to ensure every American can share in the full benefits of our digital ecosystem.

“As we continue to build this new office, the additions of Kemba, Neal, and Rob will accelerate our efforts to protect Americans in cyberspace,” said National Cyber Director Chris Inglis.

“Each of these leaders bring impressive experience in cybersecurity policy making to our team, and their diverse perspectives will be invaluable as we strengthen our collective defense.”

Eneas-Walden is an attorney with extensive experience in government and the private sector.

She was previously with Microsoft where she served as an assistant general counsel in Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit (DCU) responsible for launching and leading DCU’s Ransomware Program.

Prior to joining Microsoft, she spent a decade in government service at the Department of Homeland Security, most recently at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

She was appointed to the Cyber Safety Review Board and holds a JD from the Georgetown University Law Center, Master’s in Public Affairs from Princeton University, and BA from Hampton University.

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