Future of DHSNov 24, 2020
Six former and acting secretaries of Homeland Security sign open letter on consolidating Congressional oversight of DHS
By Atlantic Council
On November 4, six former and acting secretaries of Homeland Security signed an open letter to Congressional leadership calling for action to consolidate and strengthen oversight of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) prior to the convening of the 117th Congress.
In the NewsNov 12, 2020
Current and former House Homeland Security Committee Chairs join Future of DHS Project Senior Advisory Board of former and acting DHS Secretaries in call for DHS oversight reform
By Atlantic Council
On November 12, House Committee on Homeland Security current and former Chairs sent a bipartisan letter to House leadership urging them to support the expansion of the committee's jurisdiction to ensure necessary oversight of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This action follows a similar letter signed by the Future of DHS Project Senior Advisory Board made up of six former and acting Secretaries of Homeland Security.
Caitlin Durkovich currently serves as the senior director for resilience and response at the National Security Council. She was a nonresident senior fellow in the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security until November 2020. While a fellow with the Atlantic Council, she co-directed the Future of DHS Project. After the election of President Joseph Biden, she served on the agency review team for the Department of Homeland Security.
She has more than twenty years of expertise in national and homeland security. A recognized expert in critical infrastructure security and resilience, including cybersecurity, Ms. Durkovich has successfully advanced risk management programs that drive thought leadership, advance leading security practices, influence policy, and evolve industry practices to manage operational and security risks. She has advanced strategy and policy at the highest levels of government, including the development of Presidential Policy Directive 21: Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience (2013) and cochairing the Joint United States-Canada Electric Grid Security and Resilience Strategy (2016) and the National Space Weather Strategy (2015).
Ms. Durkovich was a director at Toffler Associates, a foresight advisory firm. She served eight years at the Department of Homeland Security, managing the mission to protect the nation’s cyber and physical infrastructure. As assistant secretary for infrastructure protection, she led both the voluntary partnership to enhance security and resilience across the sixteen critical infrastructure sectors, as well as the regulatory program to secure high-risk chemical facilities, or the Chemical Facility Antiterrorism Standards (CFATS).
Her experience also includes leading homeland security projects with several government agencies while at Booz Allen Hamilton, setting industry cybersecurity standards at the ISAlliance, and pioneering early warning cyber intelligence at iDefense (acquired by Verisign).
Ms. Durkovich served as a member of the Board of Directors of the InfraGard National Members Alliance and the Protect Our Power Advisory panel. She earned a B.A. in public policy studies from the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy at Duke University and a certificate in business strategy from The Aspen Institute. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband, three children, and bulldog.