Who is CISA official Matthew Travis? Let’s explore the Deputy Director’s career in the wake of Trump’s sudden dismissal of DHS cybersecurity director Chris Krebs.
In the wake of the US presidential elections, Donald Trump tweeted claims of voter fraud and argued that Joe Biden “won because the Election was Rigged,” according to a BBC article.
He then launched a series of lawsuits alleging that Republican poll watchers were denied access to observe the counting of ballots in a number of key battleground states.
However, most of these lawsuits have already been dismissed due to a lack of evidence.
Additionally, election officials have denied fraud claims and the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released a statement in response to Trump’s claims:
“There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised. All of the states with close results in the 2020 presidential race have paper records of each vote, allowing the ability to go back and count each ballot if necessary. This is an added benefit for security and resilience. This process allows for the identification and correction of any mistakes or errors.”
After this statement went public, Donald Trump fired the DHS Director of cybersecurity, Chris Krebs. Krebs’s first Deputy Director was Matthew Travis. Here’s what we know about him.
CISA: Who is Matthew Travis?
- Matthew Travis is currently the first Deputy Director of CISA. He also served as Deputy Under Secretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) before the agency became known as CISA in November 2018.
Travis’s role requires supporting the CISA Director in overseeing the Cybersecurity Division, the Infrastructure Security Division, the National Risk Management Center, and the Emergency Communications Division.
One of his main responsibilities is ensuring a holistic approach to critical infrastructure protection across both physical and cyber risks activities.
Travis hails from Terre Haute, Indiana. He received a Bachelor’s in 1991 from the University of Notre Dame followed by a Master’s in National Security Studies from Georgetown University.
Before joining CISA in 2018 he had already worked at a security and resiliency professional services firm called Cadmus.
He was vice president of the firm and, in 2010, he co-founded a homeland security consultancy called Obsidian Analysis, Inc. The company was then acquired by Cadmus in 2016.
Additionally, he served as president of Detica, Inc. – an information security company – and he was also vice president at DFI International.
Between 1991 and 1998, Travis was an officer in the U.S. Navy.
Has Matthew Travis resigned?
A reporter for The Wall Street Journal, Dustin Volz, tweeted the following on Wednesday, November 18th 2020: “I’m told Chris Krebs’ deputy, Matt Travis, has also RESIGNED tonight after White House made clear to him he would not be taking the helm of the agency. Brandon Wales, a career official and the third-highest ranking official at CISA, is expected to now serve as acting director.”
Travis has neither confirmed nor denied any resignation rumours, but he did, retweet Krebs’ response to being fired.
In other news, see what Chris Krebs’s response was to being fired.