Rear Admiral Michael A. Brown serves as director, Cybersecurity Coordination (DCC) in the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In this position, he is responsible for increasing interdepartmental collaboration in strategic planning for the Nation’s cybersecurity, mutual support for cybersecurity capabilities development, and synchronization of current operational cybersecurity mission activities for the Departments of Homeland Security and Defense. He is also assigned as the DHS senior cybersecurity representative to the United States Cyber Command. Brown previously served as the DHS deputy assistant secretary, Cybersecurity and Communications and as assistant deputy director Joint Interagency Task Force, Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
Brown has assisted and led the Navy’s efforts and development in Information Operations (IO) and cyberspace. Prior to his assignment to DHS, Brown served as director, Information Operations Division (OPNAV N3IO) and deputy director for Cryptology Division (N2C), at the Navy Staff in Washington, DC. Additionally, he was designated as the special assistant for Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) and IO to commander, Naval Network Warfare Command. In this position he led the Navy’s expansion of its operational role in cyberspace.
In 2005, Brown served as deputy commander and chief of staff for the Commander, Naval Security Group Command where he was selected to the Flag rank.
Brown has served in several key roles in Naval Information Warfare and Intelligence including commanding officer, Naval Information Warfare Activity (NIWA) in Suitland, Md., where the command revolutionized tactical naval IO capabilities across the fleet, assuring naval commanders were equipped and prepared to operate around the world. He has held various fleet, joint and national positions throughout his career.
He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and holds a Master of Science in Systems Engineering (Electronic Warfare) from the Naval Postgraduate School, a Master of Arts in National and Strategic Studies for the Naval War College, and is designated an Acquisition Professional.
Brown is authorized to wear the Legion of Merit (four awards), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and a host of unit and campaign service medals.