By Gautham Nagesh - 05/18/11 09:48 PM EDT
The Department of Homeland Security's top cybersecurity official announced plans to resign just days after the White House released its most detailed guidance for how the government should protect its networks and combat cybercrime.
Federal News Radio reported Wednesday that DHS Deputy Undersecretary of the National Protection and Programs Directorate Philip Reitinger will leave his post June 3. Reitinger has spent the last two years leading the department's efforts to safeguard federal networks and fight cyberattacks.
"I have decided that the time has come for me to move on from the department," Reitinger told staff in an email obtained by Federal News Radio.
"With significant progress having been made in activities across NPPD, with growing recognition of DHS's roles and authorities, and the cybersecurity legislative proposal now delivered to the Hill, it's a logical point for me to leave the Department of Homeland Security and allow the team that we have developed together to carry our initiatives forward."
Reitinger said in the email that he hasn't decided what he will do next but that he intends to spend more time with his family and decide how he "can best play a role in advancing infrastructure protection and
cybersecurity." There is no word yet on a possible replacement.