Healthcare Sector Coordinating Council, Washington, DC
Gregory T. Garcia is Executive Director for Cybersecurity of the Healthcare and Public Health Sector Coordinating Council (HSCC). The healthcare and public health sector is one of 16 critical industry sectors identified under Presidential Policy Directive 21. The HSCC brings together the many subsectors of the healthcare industry in collaboration with the government – principally the Departments of Health and Human Services, and Homeland Security - to develop and implement evolving ways to strengthen the sector’s security and resiliency against cyber and physical threats.
Greg 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 Greg’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. Greg most recently was executive vice president of SIGNAL Group, a Washington, DC-based public policy advocacy and strategic communications consulting firm. 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. He is a member of the Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board, a federal advisory committee; CompTIA’s Cybersecurity Advisory Board; was a guest lecturer at the Army War College in Carlisle, PA; and has occupied numerous advisory board positions with high technology startups.