The 5x5Nov 29, 2023
The 5×5—Veteran perspectives on cyber workforce development
By Simon Handler, Nitansha Bansal
In honor of National Military Veterans and Families Month, a group of veterans discuss their transitions from the military to the cyber workforce and suggest ways to improve the process for others.
MarkupMay 20, 2021
MARKUP: Our experts annotate Biden’s new executive order on cybersecurity
By Cyber Statecraft Initiative
To help unpack President Joe Biden's new executive order on cybersecurity, Atlantic Council experts and friends mark up the order with their thoughts on what it means for the government and private sector.
Nick Andersen is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for Public Sector at Lumen Technologies. Lumen is guided by the belief that humanity is at its best when technology advances the way we live and work. With approximately 450,000 route fiber miles and serving customers in more than 60 countries, they deliver the fastest, most secure platform for applications and data to help businesses, government, and communities deliver amazing experiences.
Andersen served previously as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER) at the U.S. Department of Energy. He was appointed to lead DOE’s national effort to secure U.S. energy infrastructure against all hazards, reduce impacts from disruptive events, and assist industry with restoration activities. He led all Department of Energy efforts to build resilience to cybersecurity threats and mitigate risks within the critical infrastructure community and championed new policy initiatives to safeguard the lifeline services that underpin our national security, economic successes, and the health and safety of the American public. CESER works closely with the electricity and oil and natural gas industries; other Federal agencies; State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial (SLTT) communities; and DOE’s national laboratories to advance national energy security and prepare for, respond to and recover from evolving threats and events to critical infrastructure.
Before joining the Department of Energy, Nick served in the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as the Federal Cybersecurity Lead and Senior Cybersecurity Advisor to the Federal Chief Information Officer, where he led the OMB Cyber Team and was responsible for government-wide cybersecurity policy development and compliance of shared federal security services.
Andersen previously served as CISO for the State of Vermont, where he was appointed to lead State efforts pertaining to the security and protection of data, security compliance activities, risk reduction, security operations, and threat intelligence.
Prior to this, Andersen was a senior executive and senior intelligence officer serving as the Chief Information Officer for Navy Intelligence and was the Head of the Office of Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Systems and Technologies at the U.S. Coast Guard. He has served on active duty with the U.S. Marine Corps, managing intelligence mission systems in Iraq, Europe, and Africa. He has led cybersecurity and technology programs worldwide with several leading and emerging companies.
Andersen holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Management and a Master of Science in Information Security and Assurance. He has received awards from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, and Intelligence Community.