Bank of America hires former DHS cybersecurity chief Staff

Bank of America Corp. has named Gregory Garcia, former cybersecurity and communications assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, as its partnership executive for cybersecurity and identity management.

Garcia will lead the bank's relationships with public and private partners in cybersecurity and identity management, the company announced Wednesday.

Garcia served as

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cybersecurity chief at DHS from 2006 to 2008. Before his appointment at DHS, he was a vice president at the Information Technology Association of America, an industry trade group now part of TechAmerica. He was most recently president of consulting firm Garcia Strategies LLC.

Based in Washington D.C., Garcia will report to Christopher Higgins, enterprise information management executive.

"Our team of cybersecurity and identity management professionals contributes technological strength, professional expertise and leadership to the global cybersecurity effort," Higgins said in a prepared statement. "That effort will be enhanced by adding a leader of Greg's caliber and experience."

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