Department of Homeland Security
Brad Nix joined the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in 2014 and has served as the Deputy Director and Acting Director of the United
States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (USCERT). In this capacity, he ensured the day-to-day operations aligned with the strategic focus on
cybersecurity within the U.S. government. He led efforts to improve the nation’s cybersecurity posture, coordinate cyber information sharing, and
proactively manage cyber risks.
In his current position, he is the senior advisor to NCCIC leadership, lending his expertise to the overall management and strategy of U.S. government’s 24/7 hub for cybersecurity information exchange, incident response, and coordination.
Prior to joining DHS, Mr. Nix served six years as the first Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service.
Mr. Nix has 20 years of IT and consulting experience with both small and large enterprise security programs with a focus on information security program development and assessments; governance, architecture, technical vulnerability assessments; and product assessments.
Mr. Nix holds a master’s degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Virginia, and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from James Madison University. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and an American Council for Technology / Industry Advisory Council (ACTIAC) Fellow and former ACT-IAC Executive Committee Vice President at Large.