An Orthodox Jewish woman has been appointed to head the new cybersecurity department of the National Security Agency (NSA).
Anne (Chani) Neuberger, of Baltimore, has worked at the NSA for the past ten years. She helped establish the U.S. Cyber Command and worked as a risk manager, and is currently the Deputy Director of the Agency.
She also served as Deputy Director-General of the United States Navy and worked for the Secretary of Defense.
Neuberger was raised in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn, New York, where she attended the Jewish school Bais Yaakov for girls. She is a graduate of Touro College Business Schools in New York and Columbia and has participated in the White House Fellows Program.
The White House Fellows Program, founded in 1964 by Lyndon B. Johnson, is one of America’s most prestigious programs for leadership and public service. White House Fellowships offer exceptional young men and women first-hand experience working at the highest levels of the federal government.
Neuberger told the Wall Street Journal that management will more actively use the information on signals collected during the expansion of operations against opponents. As a director, she will work to protect the United States from foreign threats by sharing their analysis on specific IT threats with other federal agencies and the private sector.
She will be one of the NSA’s most senior women since Ann Caracristi was appointed Deputy Director in 1980. Neuberger will report to the head of the agency, General Paul Nakasone.