Cybersecurity Advisor Region X, Cybersecurity and Communication Division, Department of Homeland Security
Ron Watters currently serves as the Region X (WA, OR, AK, ID) Cybersecurity Advisor for the Stakeholder Engagement and Cyber Infrastructure Resilience Division of the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications (CS&C) National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD). Based in Seattle, WA, he supports the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) mission of strengthening the security and resilience of the nation's critical infrastructure. His program coordinates cyber preparedness, risk mitigation and incident response, and provides cyber security resources, including assessments, to the nation's sixteen critical infrastructure sectors and state, local, tribal, and territorial government entities. Prior to joining DHS, Watters served 27 years with the U.S. Navy and Naval Reserve as a Submarine Sonar Technician and Diver, retiring from the US Navy in 2007. Recalled to Active duty following 9/11, he was offered a position as the Deputy, Information Systems Management Officer with the 4th Marine Corps recruiting District in New Cumberland, PA. He rose to the position of S-6 before leaving in 2009 to take a position as the Chief, Information Assurance Division, Network Enterprise Center Ft Irwin, CA. Watters remained in that position until leaving to become the Branch Manager of the Cybersecurity Branch of the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in March of 2016 and, soon after, as the Region X Cybersecurity advisor in June of 2017, which he currently holds.