National Security Agency Bids Farewell to Esteemed Cybersecurity Director

In a significant announcement from Fort Meade, Maryland, the National Security Agency (NSA) has marked the end of an era with the retirement of Rob Joyce, the distinguished Director of Cybersecurity. Joyce, who also served as the Deputy National Manager for National Security Systems, will officially leave his post on March 31, 2024, concluding a noteworthy 34-year tenure at the agency.

Since assuming leadership of the Cybersecurity Directorate (CSD) in 2021, Joyce has played a pivotal role in steering the directorate’s mission to safeguard U.S. National Security Systems and critical infrastructure. His tenure has been characterized by diligent efforts to counter and eliminate threats, significantly bolstering the nation’s cybersecurity framework. Under his guidance, the CSD witnessed substantial growth in its partnership networks, encompassing the U.S. Government, the Defense Industrial Base, industry sectors, international allies, and academic institutions.

A Legacy of Leadership in Cybersecurity

NSA Director General Timothy D. Haugh praised Joyce’s contributions, stating, “Rob’s leadership of the agency’s critical Cybersecurity mission has been exemplary. His vision and development of the CSD team and its capacities ensures that NSA’s cybersecurity mission is healthy and will continue to be successful in protecting our allies and national systems well into the future.”

Joyce’s career at the NSA has been distinguished by a series of high-profile positions. Prior to his role as Director of Cybersecurity, he served as the NSA’s top cryptologic representative in the United Kingdom, embodying the Special U.S. Liaison Officer in London. His tenure in government also includes pivotal roles within the National Security Council, where he was appointed as Special Assistant to the President and Cybersecurity Coordinator at the White House from March 2017 to May 2018. This period also saw him taking on responsibilities as the acting Deputy Homeland Security Advisor and Acting Homeland Security Advisor. Additionally, Joyce previously led the Tailored Access Operations at NSA, the unit renowned for conducting foreign intelligence missions through hacking activities.

Reflecting on his illustrious career, Joyce shared, “I am honored to have served for over 34 years at the National Security Agency. It has been a privilege to lead the nation’s most talented and dedicated team of cybersecurity professionals. Making a difference in the security of the nation is truly an honor.”

Welcoming a New Director

David Luber, currently serving as the Deputy Director of the Cybersecurity Directorate, is set to succeed Joyce. With a career spanning over 30 years, Luber brings a wealth of experience to the directorate. Before his latest role, he occupied the position of Executive Director (EXDIR) for U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM), where he was the highest-ranking civilian and third-in-command. Luber’s extensive background across the global cybersecurity landscape positions him as an ideal successor to carry forward the critical mission of the NSA’s cybersecurity endeavors.

As the NSA turns a new chapter in its leadership, the cybersecurity community watches with keen interest. The agency’s relentless pursuit of securing the nation’s cyber frontiers continues, underpinned by a legacy of excellence and a future filled with promise.

For media inquiries, please contact the NSA Media Desk at 443-634-0721 or via email at MediaRelations@nsa.gov.

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