GREGORY T. GARCIA
Gregory T. Garcia is executive vice president of Signal Group, a Washington, DC-based public policy advocacy and strategic communications consulting firm.
Garcia was appointed by President George W. Bush as the nation’s first Assistant Secretary for Cyber Security and Communications at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from 2006-2009, where he led the National Cyber Security Division, the National Communications System and the Office of Emergency Communications. Under Garcia’s leadership, DHS was a key driver in developing the Bush Administration’s Comprehensive National Cyber Security Initiative (HSPD 23), the National Emergency Communications Plan, and the precursor to what is now the National Cyber and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC).
After DHS, Garcia went on to create and lead Bank of America’s external partnership strategy for cyber security and identity management until December 2011. He then expanded his footprint to head the Financial Services Sector Coordinating Council (FSSCC), an official industry-wide partner to the government, developing policy and operational strategy for the security and resiliency of the financial system against cyber-attacks and other threats.
Earlier in his career, Greg served as professional staff for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, where he shepherded enactment of the Cyber Security Research & Development Act of 2002. He also led advocacy for the Information Technology Association of America, American Electronics Association, and 3Com Corporation, a Silicon Valley computer and communications networking company.