Washington Secretary of State Appointed CISA’s Senior Election Security Lead

The United States Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) on Tuesday announced the appointment of Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman as its Senior Election Security Lead.

First elected in 2012, Wyman is Washington’s 15th Secretary of State and the second woman to serve in this role in the state’s history. In her role, she oversees state and local elections, along with corporation and charity filings, and various Washington institutions.

Previously, Wyman served as Thurston County Elections Director for almost a decade and was the elected Thurston County Auditor for three terms (2001-2013).

“I am honored to be able to share nearly three decades of experience and expertise to support CISA’s efforts to safeguard our election systems from cyber-attacks and enhance the public’s confidence in our elections. As I assume this new role, I remain committed to protecting the integrity of our elections and working closely with local and state elections officials nationwide to bolster this foundational pillar of our democracy,” Wyman said in a statement.

In September, CISA appointed Kiersten Todt as its new Chief of Staff, replacing Kate Nichols.  Todt previously served in various leading positions, including as the executive director of President Barack Obama’s independent commission on enhancing national cybersecurity.

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Ionut Arghire is an international correspondent for SecurityWeek.

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