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Tom Fanning named to new CISA Cybersecurity Advisory Committee

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) today announced the appointment of Tom Fanning, chairman, president and CEO of Southern Company, to the Agency’s new Cybersecurity Advisory Committee. Fanning is among the first 23 members appointed to the committee that will advise and provide recommendations to the Director on policies, programs, planning, and training to enhance the nation’s cyber defense.

“We’re at a pivotal moment in our history—one that demands we think anew about ensuring the security and resilience of our digital infrastructure in the face of increasingly sophisticated cyber threats. That’s why I couldn’t be more pleased that some of our nation’s best thinkers have agreed to join our Cybersecurity Advisory Committee,” said CISA Director Jen Easterly. “I look forward to partnering with these distinguished leaders from across industry, academia, and government to tackle some of the most pressing issues of our time.”

The Committee will examine and make recommendations on a variety of topics collectively aimed at strengthening CISA and more broadly reshaping the cyber ecosystem to favor defense. These topics include growing the cyber workforce; reducing systemic risk to national critical functions; igniting the power of the Hacker community to help defend the nation; combating misinformation and disinformation impacting the security of critical infrastructure; and transforming public-private partnership into true operational collaboration.

The CISA Cybersecurity Advisory Committee will hold its first meeting on December 10, 2021 where Members will be sworn in, discuss their scope of work, and develop a plan for tackling key areas of focus.

For more information about the CISA Cybersecurity Advisory Committee and the biographies of Committee members, visit

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