Phil Reitinger, deputy undersecretary for Department of Homeland Security“™s National Protection and Programs Directorate, announced his resignation yesterday.
According to the National Journal, Reitinger will leave his post June 3.
In an email to DHS employees obtained by the National Journal, Reitinger states his reasons for leaving are personal, and he remains on good terms with the current administration.
“I am fully supportive of the direction the administration is going,“ Reitinger wrote. “Because there has been a recent spate of announcements, because I think we“™ve made a lot of progress, because I think we“™ve built a good team, now is the time for me to leave some of the execution and further development to the team.“
While favorable toward his employer, Reitinger expressed concerns that cybersecurity will fall by the wayside.
“It“™s easy to say, ‘well, we“™ve made progress, let“™s go do something else.’ We cannot do that. We have to stay focused like a laser beam,“ he said.
Reitinger“™s departure comes at a time of increasing cyber attacks. Working in tandem with Defense Department cybersecurity officials, Reitinger has been on the front lines of the cyber battlefield.
Rand Beers, Reitinger“™s supervisor, said in an email obtained by National Journal that Reitinger“™s “leadership, intellectual rigor, enthusiasm, and commitment to the mission and the people of NPPD have been a central feature in making our organization better. I, in particular, will miss him as a true partner in our work here. But we all move on eventually and organizations have to adapt.“
Talks have circulated Reitinger“™s position may become a Senate-confirmed deputyship. DHS may also be considering expanding the position. The National Journal cites the DHS DoD agreement to share cyber experts and resources as a sign of possible revamping within the national cybersecurity landscape.