Mike Geraghty has been appointed as first Director of the New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell (NJCCIC), the cybersecurity division within New Jersey’s Department of Homeland Security. Geraghty will be dedicated to managing the day-to-day functions of the NJCCIC, the State’s central hub for cyber operations and resources. He was appointed by the state’s Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP) Director Chris Rodriguez.
Geraghty will also serve as the State’s Acting Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), temporarily replacing Dave Weinstein, former CISO and Director of Cybersecurity and now Chief Technology Officer for the State of New Jersey.
Prior to joining NJCCIC, Geraghty was Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of the Hudson’s Bay Company, Chief Information Officer of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and Vice President of High Technology Investigations at Prudential Financial. Previously, Geraghty served 12 years with the New Jersey State Police, where he led the formation and development of the High Technology Crimes Investigations Unit.
New Jersey has plans to expand the mandate of NJCCIC to provide more real-time analysis of cyber threats. The appointment of someone as experienced as Geraghty is a signal that the expansion is a top priority for the Christie administration and the state’s homeland security department.
“Mike is extremely well-suited to maintain the NJCCIC’s aggressive growth trajectory and expand the public’s access to real-time and actionable cyber threat intelligence,” said Weinstein. “His leadership and experience will serve as great assets as we seek to mitigate the ever-growing cyber risks across our public and private sectors.”