President-elect Joe Biden has officially appointed Anne Neuberger as Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technology on the President’s National Security Council (NSC).

This position is a newly created role and will task Neuberger with the coordination of both the federal government’s cybersecurity efforts, as well as national security and foreign policies across government agencies.

Neuberger has served at the National Security Agency (NSA) for more than a decade and has been the agency’s Director of Cybersecurity since 2019.

Previously, she helped lead NSA’s election security effort and served as Assistant Deputy Director of NSA’s Operations Directorate, where she oversaw foreign intelligence and cybersecurity operations.

In addition to Neuberger, Biden also announced Elizabeth D. Sherwood-Randall as Homeland Security Advisor and Deputy National Security Advisor, and Russ Travers as Deputy Homeland Security Advisor.

Sherwood-Randall served as the Deputy Secretary at the Department of Energy (DoE) from 2014 to 2017, in addition to serving as the White House Coordinator for Defense Policy, Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction, and Arms Control.

As for Travers, he has had a 42-year career as an intelligence community professional, serving as the Acting Director and the Principal Deputy Director of the National Counterterrorism Center.

“These dedicated public servants will be integral in keeping the American people safe and building capacity to prepare for and respond to the full spectrum of threats we face – from cyber intrusions to grid attacks, from possible future pandemics to deliberate acts of terror,” Biden said.

“They reflect the very best of our nation and they have the knowledge and experience to help build our nation back better for all Americans,” said Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

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Grace Dille is MeriTalk's Assistant Managing Editor covering the intersection of government and technology.