Chief of Operations
Monica Maher currently serves as the Chief of Operations for the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) at the Department of Homeland Security. Under her leadership, ICS-CERT evaluates emerging cyber threats and vulnerabilities impacting critical infrastructure, conducts incident response support and analysis, and provides actionable information to asset owners to mitigate risk to cyber-attacks. Her efforts in industry outreach and responding to challenging cyber incidents have cemented the team’s reputation and in 2013, ICS-CERT was recognized by SC Magazine as the “Best Security Team of the Year.”
Since joining ICS-CERT (formerly known as the Control Systems Security Program) in 2008, Monica led the effort to develop the Department’s Strategy for Securing Control Systems, as part of the overall mission to coordinate and lead efforts to improve control systems security in the nation’s critical infrastructures. In this role, she was responsible for shaping policy and establishing key programs such as the ICS-CERT and the Industrial Control Systems Joint Working Group (ICSJWG). In 2009, she became the Chief of Operations for the newly formed ICS-CERT. During this time, she also served as the senior technical officer to the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) to advise on emerging threats and aid in strategic planning for NCCIC’s Concept of Operations. She was also a contributor to the National Cyber Incident Response Plan (NCIRP).
Monica Maher came to DHS in 2005, supporting the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) with a focus on cyber vulnerability and threat information sharing. Prior to DHS, Monica held various strategic and IT focused positions with General Dynamics, AAC, and UUNET Technologies.