His former colleagues at the National Security Agency credit Mr. Inglis for leading the agency through one of the darkest periods in its history, after a leak from Edward J. Snowden, a The former contractor stole tens of thousands of confidential documents and shared them with journalists. .
His entry into the Biden administration comes as the United States is pondering the responses to Russia’s SolarWinds operations, in which hackers hacked into network management software covered by most of America’s largest companies. and use by many government agencies, and what appears to be the Chinese misuse of the fortunate Microsoft.
The administration’s response to such attacks is likely to come before Inglis is confirmed, which will likely take months. Jake Sullivan, national security adviser, has promised a series of “see and not see” reactions to the SolarWinds attack. Officials said there will be a public response, but no announcements are expected this week.
Some in the Biden administration have been worried about creating competitive power centers by appointing a national cyberspace director. But officials say their concerns have been addressed by exploiting Mr. Inglis, who has a strong ties to Capitol Hill and has worked closely with Anne Neuberger, deputy national security advisor at White House on network matters.
Mr. Inglis, Mrs. Neuberger and Mrs. Easterly have all worked closely together in the past. While some critics of the National Security Service have questioned that all three have spent a significant part of their careers at the agency, others describe the experience as an asset.
Frank J. Cilluffo, director of the McCrary Institute at Auburn University for Critical Infrastructure and Network Security, said: “I can’t think of anyone who takes a deeper look at history, innovation. and the congressional intentions behind this position. roses with Mr. Inglis. “He knows what it takes to fulfill his mission and be successful.”
Colleagues describe Ms. Easterly, a graduate of the American Military Academy at West Point, who holds a master’s degree in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford University, as the hardest and most capable leader. at the National Security Agency. The Department of Cyber Security and Infrastructure has not had a permanent director since Trump fired its predecessor, Christopher Krebs, after Mr. Krebs refused to support allegations of election fraud. dispatch.