The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has unveiled three key leadership appointments including the agency’s deputy director, and two covering hot-button security posts.

Coming to CISA as deputy director is Nitin Natarajan. Most recently, he was director at Avantus Federal, and before that was principal at Cadmus Group where he managed the health security business area.  In the Federal government, he was deputy assistant administrator at the Environmental Protection Agency from 2013 to 2017, and director of critical infrastructure policy on the White House National Security Council from 2012 to 2014, after a 15-year stint at the Department of Health and Human Services.

Eric Goldstein is joining CISA as executive director for cybersecurity, and Dr. David Mussington is joining the agency as executive assistant director for infrastructure security.

“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 signal a commitment to CISA’s mission and the recognition of our role in defending the nation’s critical infrastructure against cyber and physical threats.”

Before joining CISA, Goldstein was head of cybersecurity policy, strategy, and regulation at Goldman Sachs. He also held positions with CISA’s forerunner – the Department of Homeland Security’s National Protection and Programs Directorate – from 2013 to 2017.

Mussington – who has served as the professor of practice and director of the Center for Public Policy and Private Enterprise at the University of Maryland College Park – has led projects and program analyses for U.S. Federal agencies, states, and internationally for institutions in Canada, Europe, and the UK. According to his LinkedIn page, Mussington remains an editorial board member at the Partnership for Peace Consortium.

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Jordan Smith is a MeriTalk Senior Technology Reporter covering the intersection of government and technology.