Tom Baer: Deputy Director, National Cyber Security and Communications Integration (NCCIC), US Department of Homeland Security
Mr. Baer serves as the Deputy Director, National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) is responsible for improving the nation's capability and capacity to detect, prevent, respond, and mitigate disruptions of communications physical and cyber risks. He is responsible for the Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), the National Coordinating Center for Telecommunications (NCC), the Control Systems Security Program, and the Cybersecurity and communications operations and exercise program. This includes conducting daily analysis and situational monitoring to provide information on incidents and events that are detected.
Mr. Baer resides on numerous Cybersecurity and Communication committees such as International Cyber Security Committee; CNCI-5; Joint Cyber Security Program; Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Executive Panel on Cyber Security; U.S. Military Cybersecurity Panel; and others
As the Deputy Director, Mr. Baer is responsible for the operations of the 24/7/365 National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) which requires him to actively manage a synthesized complex and strategic model into Cybersecurity and Communications operational processes and procedures for our nation and partners (private and public). He possesses an in-depth inter-agency understanding of the systems and capabilities of DHS, the Department of Defense (DoD), law enforcement, the Intelligence Community (IC) and the private sector in order to manage the interactions across the federal enterprise and private sector.
Mr. Baer has 35 years of experience in the Cyber Security arena, specifically cyber forensic system development, digital evidence forensics, cryptology, system signature analysis, evidence handling/security, IA system risk management, network architecture security, E-Discovery Extraction, Risk Management, and cyber information facilities operations security.
Prior to joining the DHS team, Mr. Baer was the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Directive 63, Inc. (D.63) where he also served as the corporate Digital Evidence Laboratory Director; Chief Information Security Officer; and the Cybersecurity Director.
Mr. Baer provided support as the IA Chief Security Program Officer for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Digital Evidence Section. He has over 27 years of Cyber Security Information Technology and System Risk Management experience working with the government (Federal, State and Local), and Fortune 100 companies. Mr. Baer provides leadership, direction and precision evidence process expertise in the cyber security and digital forensics case methodology, and in cyber data capturing, processing, and managing of digital information within the Intelligence Community and Law Enforcement agency.
Previously, Mr. Baer was founder of Indego/CTC Inc., a small business that specialized in INFOSEC, COMSEC and ELSEC operations and training. This small business was eventually procured and he worked independently as a Cyber Security expert for firms supporting our national cyber warfare programs.
He also enjoyed a 25yr military career with the U. S. Navy as a senior enlisted leader, specializing in tactical cryptologic operations and signal intelligence analysis. His duties for the U.S. Navy as a human intelligence and cryptologist professional in support of the National Authorities Special Projects Office (SPO), the National Security Agency, the Naval Security Group and the U.S. Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR).
Mr. Baer is a Vietnam War veteran.