SEC Names Christopher Hetner as Senior Advisor to the Chair for Cybersecurity Policy

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that Christopher R. Hetner has been named Senior Advisor to the Chair for Cybersecurity Policy.  In this role, Mr. Hetner will serve as a senior advisor to Chair Mary Jo White on all cybersecurity policy matters.

In his new role, Mr. Hetner will be responsible for coordinating efforts across the agency to address cybersecurity policy, engaging with external stakeholders, and further enhancing the SEC’s mechanisms for assessing broad-based market risk.
Mr. Hetner is the current Cybersecurity Lead for the Technology Control Program within the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE).  He joined the SEC in January 2015.  In his current role, Mr. Hetner coordinates cybersecurity efforts across OCIE and advises on enforcement matters.
“Cyber attacks are a constant threat to our markets,” said SEC Chair Mary Jo White.  “With the cyber field steadily evolving and expanding, it is imperative we continue to enhance our coordinated approach to cybersecurity policy across the SEC and engage at the highest levels with market participants and governmental bodies concerning the latest developments in this area.  We are very fortunate that Chris will take on this important role where he will apply his expertise and decades of experience in information security.”
“Having dedicated my career to information security, I am honored to have the opportunity to advise Chair White on cyber policy issues,” said Mr. Hetner.  “I look forward to working with staff across the agency to enhance our risk-based approach to cybersecurity policy.”
Mr. Hetner has more than 20 years in information security and technology.  He joined the SEC from Ernst and Young (EY) where, from November 2012 to January 2015, he led the Wealth and Asset Management Sector Cybersecurity practice.  At EY, his team advised and delivered cybersecurity and risk management capabilities across major clients.
Prior to joining EY, he was the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at GE Capital where he was responsible for the global cybersecurity program.  Mr. Hetner worked at GE from July 2008 to October 2012 and before that, he implemented information security and regulatory compliance programs for Citigroup’s Institutional Client Group global business and technology units.
Mr. Hetner holds industry-leading certifications including the CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional), NSA INFOSEC (National Security Agency Information Security) Assessment Certification and CISM (Certified Information Security Manager).  He earned a M.S. in Information Assurance from Norwich University and a B.S in Security Management from The City University of New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

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