Deputy cyber coordinator leaving the White House

Sameer Bhalotra is leaving as the White House’s deputy cybersecurity coordinator.

Government and industry sources confirm Bhalotra is moving back to Northern California after his wife got a new job. His last day will be in the next few weeks.

The White House would not comment on Bhalotra’s status.

Bhalotra came to the White House in June 2010 after serving as a staff member on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

During his time at the White House, Bhalotra played a key role in helping the administration develop cyber initiatives, including the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, the legislative proposal sent to Capitol Hill in May and the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education.

Bhalotra worked on the Senate committee since 2007, and spent time before that with the CIA in the science and technology directorate and developed new cross-community technology programs as a founding member of the science and technology staff within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Bhalotra also was a member of the Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th Presidency.

According to his bio, Bhalotra received an undergraduate degree in Physics and Chemistry from Harvard University and a doctorate in Applied Physics from Stanford University.

There was no word on who would replace Bhalotra even on an interim basis.


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