Jennifer Silk serves as the Secretary’s Senior Advisor for Cybersecurity at the U.S. Department of Energy where she guides policy development on a range of cybersecurity and energy infrastructure security and resilience issues.
Prior to joining the Department of Energy, Ms. Silk served in cybersecurity and policy roles in the federal government including overseeing the growth of U.S. Air Force international cybersecurity partnerships and formative positions at the developing U.S. Cyber Command where she managed the creation of its concept of operations and led the team responsible for the Command’s domestic and international relationships, setting the strategic vision for cyber partnerships. She also served as the director for cybersecurity policy at the National Security Council. There, she led U.S. government efforts to strengthen critical infrastructure cybersecurity including the development and implementation of Enhanced Cybersecurity Services, formalizing the Defense Industrial Base Cybersecurity/Information Assurance Program, and partnering with industry to create the Electricity Subsector Cybersecurity Capability Maturity Model, an initiative to baseline cybersecurity levels of the nation’s power grid and help companies prioritize actions and investments to strengthen cybersecurity.
Before joining government, she gained systems engineering and integration experience in the private sector with Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman. Ms. Silk began her career as an airborne linguist in the U.S. Air Force. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from the University of Nebraska and a Master’s degree in Security Policy from the George Washington University.