Credit union regulator taps special advisor to chairman on cybersecurity

A special advisor on cybersecurity is now on duty at the federal regulator of credit unions, focusing on a topic the agency’s leader calls one of his top priorities.

Johnny E. Davis, Jr., started Thursday at the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) in the additional role as special cybersecurity advisor to Board Chairman Rodney E. Hood. He also serves as the agency’s division director for critical infrastructure, according to NCUA.

Prior to joining the credit union regulator in 2015, Davis was director of critical infrastructure protection for the Veterans Affairs Department. He also has served as deputy chief information security officer at the departments of Interior, Health and Human Services, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), NCUA said.

Noting his interest in cybersecurity, Hood said he would be “relying on Johnny to not only provide strategic counsel on cybersecurity policy but also to engage with other federal financial institutions regulators and external stakeholders.”