Cyber security czar appointed

TRENTON – New Jersey Homeland Security Director Chris Rodriguez today announced the appointment of David Weinstein as New Jersey’s first Cyber-Security Advisor based in the Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness. Weinstein brings unique cyber-security experiences to the position.

Weinstein has worked at the Pentagon’s Cyber Command, where he was intimately involved in the full spectrum of cyber-security policy, operations, and intelligence.

At the Pentagon, Weinstein was the lead civilian for the organization’s top planning priorities and managed a team of experienced military and civilian professionals.

Weinstein later cashed in as a private sector consultant for commercial clients, managing dynamic risk landscape, mitigating threats and meeting regulatory demands.

Weinstein has been recognized by Forbes Magazine as a top cyber policy expert and his analysis and commentary has been featured in multiple academic and media publications, including the Council on Foreign Relations’ Foreign Affairs, the U.S. Naval Institute’s Proceedings, Foreign Policy,, The Boston Globe, and the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs.

Born and raised in Westfield, Weinstein holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, and a Master’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Washington, DC.

“The State of New Jersey is fortunate to have the benefit of David’s experiences in the cyber-security realm,” said Rodriguez. “He will undoubtedly augment existing cyber initiatives throughout the State and will play a key role in fulfilling the Governor’s vision of bolstering public-private sector collaboration at a time when malicious actors are increasingly seeking to do us harm. He will also help us refine procedures and protocols to enhance New Jersey’s cyber threat responses.”

Governor Chris Christie signed a proclamation recognizing October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month in New Jersey.

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