Robert Brese


In one of his first public appearances since being officially named CIO at the Department of Energy, Robert Brese called for greater efforts to develop a skilled cybersecurity workforce, and stressed the importance of responding to cyber threats, not merely being prepared to prevent and recover from them. In a series of wide-ranging remarks on the state of cybersecurity in the federal government, Brese highlighted six factors shaping the evolution of federal cybersecurity policy, but concluded that despite many challenges, the federal government is “doing a better job than a majority of the private sector” in defending its networks.