In May 2012, President Obama appointed Ms. Caitlin A. Durkovich Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection. In this role, she leads the Departments efforts to strengthen public-private partnerships and coordinate programs to protect the Nations critical infrastructure, assess and mitigate risk, build resilience, and strengthen incident response and recovery.
Previously, Ms. Durkovich served as the National Protection and Programs Directorates Chief of Staff, overseeing day-to-day management of the Directorate and the development of internal policy and strategic planning.
Ms. Durkovich has extensive homeland security-related expertise covering a wide range of activities including continuity of operations (COOP) and business continuity planning, cybersecurity, pandemic planning, security and policy standards development, strategic management, program leadership, institutional transformation, and communications.
Within the private sector, she oversaw program management of Department of Homeland Security contracts and led transformative, interagency, and enterprise-wide projects throughout the federal executive branch, including drafting and coordinating FEMAs National Continuity Directorates Pandemic Influenza Continuity of Operations Plan. She helped lead the realignment of the Internal Revenue Services security apparatus, merging four stove-piped divisions and more than 250 people into a Mission Assurance organization. Ms. Durkovich also provided subject matter expertise to other organizations developing pandemic plans, including the United States Courts, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and various Fortune 500 companies.
In 2001, Ms. Durkovich worked with former Oklahoma Congressman Dave McCurdy to launch the Internet Security Alliance, a joint project of the Electronics Industries Alliance and the Computer Emergency Response Center at Carnegie Mellon University, promoting security intelligence and best practices to Fortune 1000 companies. In this capacity, she worked closely with such industry leaders as VISA USA, Sony, Raytheon, and Intuit to develop the first voluntary information security practices for the private sector, published in 2002.
From 1998 to 2001, Ms. Durkovich was a vice president at iDEFENSE, an information security firm dedicated to providing early warning intelligence on infrastructure and IT threats and vulnerabilities. She has also held positions at A2S2 Digital Projects, Policy.com, the Democratic Leadership Council, and WTVD News Channel 11.
Ms. Durkovich graduated from Duke University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts in public policy studies from the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy and earned a Certificate in Business Strategy in 2003 from The Aspen Institute.