James Burd

James Burd

Chief Privacy Officer

U.S. Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

James Burd is the Chief Privacy Officer for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and leads CISA’s Office of Privacy, Access, Civil Liberties, and Transparency (PACT). Burd has served in this capacity since October 2018, and he has worked in various privacy and data governance capacities at CISA and its predecessor agency, the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), since 2011. His work has touched on the intersection of privacy and cybersecurity, physical security, biometrics, law enforcement, intelligence, and information sharing.

Burd and the PACT Office is responsible for ensuring CISA integrates full individual privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties protections into the management of a safe, secure, and resilient cyber and physical infrastructure. PACT represents the interests of all Americans by promoting transparency, fairness, and equality in CISA’s activities, strategies, and operations.

Previously, Burd was the deputy chief privacy officer for NPPD and also served as a senior privacy analyst working on issues related to cybersecurity, information sharing, and identity management. Burd’s work as a senior privacy analyst was critical to establishing the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015’s privacy and civil liberties safeguards.

Prior to joining DHS in 2011, Burd supported the Smart Border Alliance, working on data quality issues for DHS information systems. Burd started his professional career working on data quality issues for a telecommunications company.

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