August 8, 2018: Bob Kolasky has been appointed as the first Director of the newly-created National Risk Management Center at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Kolasky is currently DHS’ Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection at the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD). DHS Secretary Kristjen Nielsen announced the new National Risk Management Center on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, at DHS’ Cybersecurity Summit. Nielsen said the new center would help break down some of the communication barriers that exist between the government and sectors when it comes to sharing cybersecurity threats. Also at DHS, Steve Harris has been appointed as an Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, alongside Scott Breor, who has been appointed as an Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary. Kolasky has worked at DHS since 2007, working in several positions, including Assistant Director at the Office of Risk Management, and, for the last six years, at the Office of Infrastructure Protection. He also worked as an Analyst at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), and he worked in private industry. GAO is an independent federal government agency.