New Mexico has appointed its first senior advisor for cybersecurity and critical infrastructure.
New Mexico governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced the appointment of Annie Winterfield Manriquez on Friday
Manriquez will work with key stakeholders across the private sector and government to improve New Mexico’s cybersecurity infrastructure and systems. She will also be tasked with devising statewide standards and best practices for communications, information-sharing, and incident response.
“A robust cybersecurity framework has never been more important, and we are already seeing more sophisticated cyberattacks being carried out in New Mexico and the rest of the country,” said Lujan Grisham.
“It is critical that the state continues to take action to make sure we are as prepared and protected as possible, and Annie is the leader the state needs.”
Winterfield Manriquez graduated from the University of California in Santa Barbara and began her career as a research assistant at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies in Monterey, California.
Before accepting her new post, she worked for The MITRE Corporation, leading the Intelligence Analysis and Strategy Department and working with agencies across the Executive Branch to renovate multi-billion-dollar programs, including cyber systems.
Previous roles undertaken by Winterfield Manriquez include appointments at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, where she is a national security fellow, and at the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. Read more:https://bit.ly/36lr6hb