Symantec Gov Symposium

Bob Kolasky

Director, National Risk Management Center, National Protection and Programs Directorate

Department of Homeland Security

Bob Kolasky was selected to lead the National Protection and Program Directorate’s (NPPD) National Risk Management Center in 2018, at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). As Director, he oversees the Center’s efforts to facilitate a strategic, cross-sector risk management approach to cyber and physical threats to critical infrastructure. The Center provides a central venue for government and industry to combine their knowledge and capabilities in a uniquely collaborative and forward-looking environment. Center activities support both operational and strategic unified risk management efforts.

Mr. Kolasky’s current position is the culimination of years of risk and resilience experience. He most recently served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary for NPPD’s Office of Infrastructure Protection (IP), where he led the coordinated national effort to reduce the risk posed by acts of terrorism and other cyber or physical threats to the nation’s critical infrastructure, including soft targets and crowded spaces.

Mr. Kolasky has served in a number of other senior leadership roles, including acting Deputy Under Secretary for NPPD. In that position, he helped to oversee NPPD’s efforts to secure the nation’s physical and cyber infrastructure. He has also held a position as the Director of Strategy and Policy for IP, where he led strategic planning, performance management and budgeting for the organization, and served as Director of the DHS Cyber-Physical Critical Infrastructure Integrated Task Force to implement Presidential Policy Directive 21 on Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience, as well as Executive Order 13636 on Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity.

He is also the former Assistant Director for the Office of Risk Management Analysis at DHS where he was responsible for developing policies and processes to enable risk-informed strategic decisions by DHS. Prior to joining DHS, he was a journalist and an entrepreneur. He helped start two of the first public policy web sites and served as the Managing Editor for IntellectualCapital.com. Mr. Kolasky joined the Federal government in 2008 after six years as a management consultant. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1994 and from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2002.

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Bob Kolasky
Director, National Risk Management Center, National Protection and Programs Directorate
Department of Homeland Security