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DHS Assistant Secretary Named On Eve of ANSI Homeland Security Conference

New York, Sep 19, 2006

On the eve of the fifth plenary meeting of the American National Standards Institute’s Homeland Security Standards Panel (ANSI-HSSP), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced the appointment of Gregory Garcia to the seat of Assistant Secretary for Cyber Security and Telecommunications. Mr. Garcia is the first appointee to a post that was elevated to the assistant secretary level last year.

Garcia joins DHS from the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA), where he served as vice president for information security policy and programs. He is also recognized for his key role in helping to shape the Cyber Security Research and Development Act of 2002 during his tenure on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science.

“The new Assistant Secretary has been a key supporter of the ANSI-HSSP’s efforts and has worked closely with us to develop and advance strategies relating to national cyber readiness and policy,” said Dan Bart, co-chair of the panel and senior vice president, standards and special projects at the Telecommunications Industry Association. “Mr. Garcia has been a featured speaker at previous ANSI-HSSP plenary meetings, addressing cyber security issues.”

ANSI launched the ANSI-HSSP in 2003 to assist DHS and those sectors requesting assistance to accelerate the development and adoption of consensus standards critical to homeland security. The panel has been active in addressing crucial areas such as emergency preparedness, training programs for first responders, and specific areas such as enterprise power security and continuity, and biological and chemical threat agents. IT security is an ongoing area of focus.

The next meeting of the ANSI-HSSP will be held September 25-26, 2006, at the Kimmel Center of New York University. The program will examine how public and private sector organizations can assess their ability to prepare for emergencies and maintain business continuity after an incident. Focus areas will include planning for a global pandemic; mass/public transportation security; and all-hazards planning, response and recovery. Advance registration is required. For more information, please visit

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