Key Hill cyber staffer heads to K Street

A top cybersecurity congressional staffer is headed to K Street.

Alex Manning — former staff director of the House Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies — will join law firm Arent Fox.

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“We are confident his experience and insight into tech policy and security breaches will be a great resource to clients,” said former Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.), who co-chairs Arent Fox’s government relations practice.

Manning worked with staff to help oversee the Department of Homeland Security’s cyber efforts, which include cyber workforce training, cyber education and defending the nation’s critical infrastructure from cyberattacks.

“With the proliferation of issues surrounding cybersecurity and technology in the business community, we are expanding our government relations and privacy capabilities to meet demand,” said former Rep. Philip S. English (R-Pa.), the firm’s other government relations co-chair.

Manning had a hand in the various piecemeal cybersecurity bills that passed Congress in a late 2014 flurry. Together, the bills codified cyber authorities at various federal agencies and expanded the DHS’s ability to hire and retain a cyber workforce.

“Alex is highly regarded in the business community and on Capitol Hill after years of exceptional work,” Dorgan said.

Prior to his time as staff director, Manning worked for House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) as legislative director and chief adviser on foreign policy and homeland security.

“Alex’s background in government service and industry connections will be an important asset to our clients,” English said.