WASHINGTON – The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) announced today that three new administration appointees have joined the agency in leadership roles. Nitin Natarajan has joined CISA as its Deputy Director, Eric Goldstein as Executive Assistant Director for Cybersecurity, and Dr. David Mussington as Executive Assistant Director for Infrastructure Security. Deputy Director Natarajan was most recently a Director at Avantus Federal in the Homeland Security and Federal Civilian markets. Executive Assistant Director Goldstein served on the administration’s Agency Review Team before joining CISA and brings a depth of cybersecurity experience from both the public and private sectors. Executive Assistant Director Mussington served most recently as Professor of the Practice – and Director of the Center for Public Policy and Private Enterprise - at the School of Public Policy, University of Maryland College Park.
“CISA is gaining strong advocates and leaders with these appointments, and I welcome them to the team,” said CISA Acting Executive Director Brandon Wales. “Their appointments this early in the new administration signals a commitment to CISA’s mission and the recognition of our role in defending the nation’s critical infrastructure against cyber and physical threats.”
Deputy Director Natarajan led a practice at an international consulting firm focused on health security and provided subject matter expertise on continuity of operations, environmental emergency management, public health, and homeland security matters. He also held a number of roles in federal government, focused on critical infrastructure resilience. Deputy Director Natarajan started his career as a first responder in New York including service as a flight paramedic.
In addition to serving on the Agency Review Team, Executive Assistant Director Goldstein was previously the Head of Cybersecurity Policy, Strategy, and Regulation at Goldman Sachs, where he led a global team to improve and mature the firm’s cybersecurity risk management program. He served at CISA’s precursor agency, the National Protection and Programs Directorate, in various roles from 2013 to 2017.
Executive Assistant Director Mussington is an internationally known expert in critical infrastructure protection and cybersecurity – leading projects and program analyses for US federal agencies, states, and internationally for institutions in Canada, Europe, and the United Kingdom. In an over two-decade career, he has played a variety of roles in both the public and private sectors. His research and teaching activities have focused on cyber physical system risk management, election cybersecurity, and critical infrastructure security risk management.