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Bradford Willke

Bradford Willke

Acting Assistant Director
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Department of Homeland Security
Bradford Willke serves as the Acting Assistant Director for the Stakeholder Engagement Division, within the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). He leads the strategic coordination for many of the Department’s cybersecurity partner engagement models.

In his more than 8 years with DHS, Mr. Willke has served as the Senior Advisor for stakeholder engagement – instrumental in unifying strategic and operational efforts to deliver cyber preparedness, risk mitigation and incident response activities, and in aligning cyber security resources, governance, and policy analysis to the needs of critical infrastructure and state and local government. Bradford also served as the Eastern U.S. Supervisory Cyber Security Advisor (CSA) and Chief of CSA Field Operations. Before joining DHS, Mr. Willke led field studies and research projects in cyber security for over 10 years while in the Software Engineering Institute’s CERT® Division. Three of his proudest achievements while at CERT were in creating the OCTAVE™ suite of information security risk assessments, in leading the DHS cyber investigative efforts related to the 2003 Northeast U.S. Power Outage and in drafting all of the key cyber findings in the joint DOE-DHS final “Black Out” report, and in developing the Cyber Resilience Review – a practical evaluation method based on the CERT Resilience Management Model™.

Mr. Willke served in the United States Air Force as a law enforcement specialist at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, WY. Recognition of his skills with IT networks, database design and programming, and security management led him to serve as his unit’s IT operations and cyber security manager – a position previously reserved for only senior enlisted personnel.

Speaking in:

Wednesday Jan 15
11:30 - 12:00 PM
Marriott Marquis, Marquis Ballroom AB, 9th floor
This fireside-chat session will highlight what US federal agencies are doing to support the private sector with their cybersecurity-related challenges, and provide a dialogue on opportunities for increased collaboration and partnership.