Mona Harrington has been promoted to Assistant Director for the National Risk Management Center (NRMC), which is a part of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Harrington started at CISA as Deputy Assistant Director for the NRMC in February 2022 and has been serving as Acting Assistant Director since March.

“I am thrilled to have Mona Harrington at the helm of our National Risk Management Center,” said CISA Director Jen Easterly. “Her extensive experience in cybersecurity, election security and risk management makes her the ideal executive to lead the NRMC as it evolves to meet the threats of today and tomorrow. The cyber and physical risks facing our nation’s critical infrastructure are vast and complex; NRMC’s work is essential to ensuring our collective resources are having the greatest impact on security and resilience.”

Prior to joining CISA, Harrington served at the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) as the Executive Director and the Chief Information and Security Officer. As the Executive Director, she worked closely with CISA on election security efforts and led EAC’s support to election officials responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Before joining the EAC, Harrington spent 17 years in cybersecurity and information technology leadership roles in the Judiciary, including as the Assistant Circuit Executive for IT and Security. 

Harrington holds a Master of Science from the College of Applied Sciences, Rochester Institute of Technology with a concentration in cyber and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear warfare. She also holds a Senior Managers in Government Executive Certificate from the Harvard Kennedy School.