Senior DHS cyber official Jeanette Manfra to step down

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Jeanette Manfra, a senior cybersecurity official at the Department of Homeland Security, plans to step down from her position, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.

DHS officials are preparing an internal announcement about Manfra’s departure that could come as soon as this week, two sources told CyberScoop.

Manfra has been a key liaison for the agency, speaking about cyberthreats to U.S. supply chains, election infrastructure, and industrial control systems to both the private sector and Congress. She has also represented DHS at top cybersecurity conferences like RSA and DEF CON.

Over the course of her tenure, Manfra took on increasingly senior and cybersecurity-focused roles, culminating in her becoming assistant director at DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) last year.

In a speech last year, she likened supply-chain vulnerabilities to a “digital public health crisis.”

It was not immediately clear who would replace her. One source told CyberScoop that officials had a replacement in mind, but declined to say who that was.

Manfra could not be immediately reached for comment, nor could a DHS spokesperson.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as information becomes available.