Coleman named to national post

Coleman

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Blair native and former government cybersecurity expert Kelvin Coleman was appointed as Executive Director of the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) on Dec. 5.

A veteran of cybersecurity posts at the White House and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Coleman has held leadership roles throughout his 20-year career.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Kelvin,” said William O’Connell, chief business security officer at ADP and chairman of the NCSA Board of Directors. “Private cybersecurity sectors have prepared Kelvin for his leadership role at NCSA, an organization that is supported by industry, nonprofit, government and academia,” O’Connell said.

Coleman joins the organization with experience in cybersecurity at both a national level and in local markets. In career-spanning cybersecurity awareness tours in 49 states, Coleman has briefed tech giants, local storeowners and politicians, including 35 governors and numerous state-level security committees.

Most recently, Coleman worked with the National Defense Information Sharing and Analysis Center on strategic cybersecurity policy and products.

He also worked on the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee during portions of George W. Bush and Barack Obama’s administrations. In the early stages of Obama’s first term, Coleman served as a member to the White House National Security Staff, coordinating cybersecurity policy with the intelligence community as well as state, local, international and private-sector organizations.

“As our society becomes more digital and inter-connected, cybersecurity awareness is increasingly a matter of collaboration between the private and public sectors – convening intelligence experts, politicians, entrepreneurs and academic researchers,” Coleman said.

“Having worked closely with cybersecurity advocates in many of these disciplines,” Coleman said, “I know there is widespread eagerness to educate the country about our shared responsibility in helping to protect the internet and fostering an environment for cybersecurity knowledge sharing.”