The Public Eye with Eric Chabrow

Infosec Execs: Uncle Sam Wants You!

A Different Type of Patriot Act

Private-sector IT security execs, feeling a bit patriotic? Uncle Sam wants you.

The Department of Homeland Security is recruiting top-flight, private-sector executives to share their expertise as part of DHS's Loaned Executive Program.

DHS seeks a special adviser for cybersecurity and communications integration planning, who would report to Michael Brown, a Navy admiral who serves as DHS deputy assistant secretary for cybersecurity and communications.

"By serving as a loaned executive, executives will have an opportunity to make a difference in securing our nation," a posting this week on the DHS blog says.

The loaned executive would provide "constructive feedback" regarding developing and implementing the integrated mission and operational plans for use in the evolution of the Office of Cybersecurity and Combinations. The job would last six months with an option for a six-month renewal.

The pay? Zilch. The loaned executive's employer would be expected to continue paying salary and benefits.

Who should apply? An American citizen who's a senior-level strategic manager with broad experience working with companies that have a major presence in the information and communications technology field. Ideally, the candidate would have worked with companies that have undergone substantial organizational change. Also, expertise in strategy and operational processes is desired. And, the candidate must have the necessary security clearances and a draft card, if a male born after Dec. 31, 1959.

Interested? Contact Paul Mesterhazy, Office of Cybersecurity and Communications chief of staff at

Better hurry. Applications are due by March 21.

About the Author

Eric Chabrow

Eric Chabrow

Retired Executive Editor, GovInfoSecurity

Chabrow, who retired at the end of 2017, hosted and produced the semi-weekly podcast ISMG Security Report and oversaw ISMG's GovInfoSecurity and InfoRiskToday. He's a veteran multimedia journalist who has covered information technology, government and business.

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