Special Report: CISA's Krebs Expects to Be Fired, Experts Issue Defiant Statement Calling Election 'Most Secure' in History

Krebs' right-hand cybersecurity aide asked to leave CISA, Lawmakers praise Krebs' duty to the country

The cybersecurity and political worlds were roiled yesterday by a scoop from Reuters’ Christopher Bing that Chris Krebs, the head of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), was telling associates that he expected to be fired by the Trump Administration. That scoop followed another one by Cyberscoop’s Sean Lyngaas that Krebs’ right-hand man on cybersecurity, Bryan Ware, was stepping down from his post. Bing and his Reuters colleagues Joseph Menn and Raphael Satter later clarified that Ware’s departure was involuntary.

At the heart of Krebs’ possible impending departure have been his efforts to debunk and contradict a host of conspiracy theories that undermine the voting public’s confidence in America’s election systems. During his four-year tenure at CISA, Krebs has made it his mission to protect the country’s elections from domestic and foreign cyberattacks as well as from disinformation campaigns.

The Trump White House was particularly incensed over a website run by CISA dubbed “Rumor Control” that has disputed some election-related conspiracy theories propagated by Donald Trump.

Patrick Howell O'Neill @HowellONeill
This is an opportunity to familiarize yourself with Rumor Control, the most serious attempt by anyone in the federal government to address the ongoing storm of election misinformation:

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Yep: "He drew the ire of the Trump White House over a website run by CISA dubbed 'Rumor Control' which debunks misinformation about the election." Krebs has said he wanted to Rumor Control-style pages to go bigger to combat misinfo. https://t.co/Jfz8WPSih8

Lawmakers, including Representative Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), the Senate Intelligence Committee's ranking member, moved quickly to praise Krebs and the work he has accomplished.

Despite or perhaps because of the intense public glare, yesterday, hours after Donald Trump repeated a baseless claim that a voting vendor’s system deleted 2.7 million votes for him, Krebs, backed by an impressive coalition of election organizations and leaders, issued a statement that had to be a stinging rebuke to Trump. Krebs and his fellow election experts doubled down and attested in no uncertain terms the validity of the recent elections. The statement was issued by the members of Election Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council (GCC) Executive Committee, U.S. Election Assistance Commission Chair Benjamin Hovland, National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) President Maggie Toulouse Oliver, National Association of State Election Directors (NASED) President Lori Augino, among many others.

“The November 3rd election was the most secure in American history. Right now, across the country, election officials are reviewing and double checking the entire election process before finalizing the result,” the statement read.

Krebs's brave move in the face of sure outrage from Trump generated praise from the cybersecurity industry, media, and political observers.

As of this morning, no news has emerged regarding Krebs’ continued role at CISA.

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