Rob Joyce

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Rob Joyce
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Acting United States Homeland Security Advisor
In office
April 10, 2018 – May 31, 2018
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byTom Bossert
Succeeded byDoug Fears
Personal details
EducationClarkson University (BS)
Johns Hopkins University (MS)

Robert E. Joyce is an American cybersecurity official who served as special assistant to the President and Cybersecurity Coordinator on the U.S. National Security Council. He also began serving as White House Homeland Security Adviser to President Donald Trump on an acting basis after the resignation of Tom Bossert[1][2][3] from April 10, 2018 to May 31, 2018. He completed his detail to the White House in May 2018 and returned to the National Security Agency.[4][5] where he is now the Senior Advisor to the Director NSA for Cyber Security Strategy[6], Joyce previously performed as acting Deputy Homeland Security Advisor since October 13, 2017.[7]


Joyce graduated from Clarkson University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering and received a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 1993.[8]


At the White House, Joyce was instrumental in the crafting of a cybersecurity executive order, EO13800 Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure[9][10][11] and revamping the nation's Vulnerabilities Equities Process (VEP)[12][13][14]. In his current position he continues to speak publicly about nation state cybersecurity threats, including a 2018 DEF CON keynote[15][16][17][18]. Joyce previously worked in the National Security Agency (NSA), beginning in 1989, in a variety of roles.[19] From 2013 to 2017, he was head of the NSA's Tailored Access Operations (TAO), a cyber-warfare intelligence-gathering unit.[20][21][22] In that role, he gave a rare public talk at the USENIX Enigma Cybersecurity conference about disrupting nation state hackers.[23] [24] [25][26] Previously, he served as the Deputy Director of the now-defunct Information Assurance Directorate, and the SID Associate Deputy Director for Counterterrorism.[27][28][8] Also within the NSA, Joyce worked as Technical Director for the NSA Commercial Solution Center's Commercial Partnerships Office, and was chief of the Selection Systems Branch and Technical Director in NSA's Special Source Operations.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Joyce notes in his biography that he runs an annual Christmas Light show "likely visible from the International Space Station"[29] and gave a talk titled "Building Absurd Christmas Light Shows" at the 2018 Shmoocon cybersecurity conference.[30] Additionally he led a Boy Scout team to the annual World Championship of Punkin Chunkin, building a contraption to fling pumpkins for distance.[29][31]


  1. ^ Landler, Mark (April 10, 2018). "Trump's Chief Adviser on Homeland Security Resigns". New York Times. Retrieved April 10, 2018.
  2. ^ "A cybersecurity power struggle is brewing at the National Security Council - CyberScoop". Cyberscoop. 2018-04-19. Retrieved 2018-09-26.
  3. ^ "The White House Loses Its Cybersecurity Brain Trust". WIRED. Retrieved 2018-09-26.
  4. ^ "Trump Scraps Cyber Czar Post After First Appointee Leaves: White House". Reuters. May 15, 2018. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  5. ^ McLaughlin, Jenna. "Former Trump cyber adviser tapped for top intelligence role in UK". CNN. Retrieved 2018-09-26.
  6. ^ "Rob Joyce – MeriTalk". Retrieved 2018-09-26.
  7. ^ "White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Rob Joyce takes on additional role in Trump administration - CyberScoop". Cyberscoop. 2017-10-13. Retrieved 2018-04-12.
  8. ^ a b c Aid, Matthew (June 1, 2013). "New Top Leadership at NSA's Cyber Espionage Unit". Retrieved April 10, 2018.
  9. ^ "Executive Order Outlines White House Cybersecurity Priorities | Institute for Information Security & Privacy | Georgia Tech". Retrieved 2018-09-26.
  10. ^ "Trump's Top Cybersecurity Boss Talks Priorities". The first stop for security news | Threatpost. Retrieved 2018-09-26.
  11. ^ "Trump's cybersecurity order: Out with 'antiquated systems'". CNET. 2017-05-11. Retrieved 2018-09-26.
  12. ^ "Trump administration pulls back curtain on secretive cybersecurity process". Washington Post. Retrieved 2018-09-26.
  13. ^ "Improving and Making the Vulnerability Equities Process Transparent is the Right Thing to Do | The White House". The White House. 2017-11-15. Retrieved 2018-09-26.
  14. ^ ROOT. "U.S. Cyber Policy: Keynote Discussion with Rob Joyce, White House Cybersecurity Coordinator - YouTube - MusicBaby". ROOT. Retrieved 2018-09-26.
  15. ^ DEFCONConference (2018-08-17), DEF CON 26 - Rob Joyce - NSA Talks Cybersecurity, retrieved 2018-09-26
  16. ^ "NSA Speaker Rob Joyce Offers Cybersecurity Insights at DEF CON 26 - InCyberDefense". Retrieved 2018-09-26.
  17. ^ "NSA leader to hackers: Cybersecurity's a team sport - The Parallax". The Parallax. 2018-08-24. Retrieved 2018-09-26.
  18. ^ "NSA Brings Nation-State Details to DEF CON". Dark Reading. Retrieved 2018-09-26.
  19. ^ Verel, Patrick (July 26, 2016). "NSA's Rob Joyce on Hacking Back 0". Fordham News. Fordham University. Retrieved April 10, 2018.
  20. ^ Zetter, Kim (January 28, 2016). "NSA Hacker Chief Explains How to Keep Him Out of Your System". Wired. Retrieved April 10, 2018.
  21. ^ Hackett, Robert (January 30, 2016). ""NSA Top Hacker: Here's How to Make My Life Hard". Fortune. Retrieved April 10, 2018.
  22. ^ Landler, Mark (April 10, 2018). "Thomas Bossert, Trump's Chief Adviser on Homeland Security, Is Forced Out". New York Times. Retrieved April 10, 2018.
  23. ^ "Disrupting Nation State Hackers | USENIX". Retrieved 2018-04-12.
  24. ^ "NSA Hacker Chief Explains How to Keep Him Out of Your System". WIRED. Retrieved 2018-04-12.
  25. ^ "NSA Top Hacker: Here's How to Make My Life Hard". Fortune. Retrieved 2018-04-12.
  26. ^ "NSA's top hacking boss explains how to protect your network from his attack squads". Retrieved 2018-04-12.
  27. ^ Carberry, Sean (March 15, 2017). "NSA vet Rob Joyce to lead cyber at White House". FCW. Retrieved April 10, 2018.
  28. ^ "International Conference on Cyber Security 2013 Partnerships". International Conference on Cyber Security. Fordham University. August 8, 2013. Retrieved April 10, 2018.
  29. ^ a b staff, (2017-08-22). "Rob Joyce". CNBC. Retrieved 2018-04-12.
  30. ^ "Speaker Lineup ShmooCon 2018 – ShmooCon". Retrieved 2018-04-12.
  31. ^ Schultz, Sharon P. "West County: Boys Scouts host their own punkin chunkin". Retrieved 2018-09-26.

Political offices
Preceded by
Tom Bossert
United States Homeland Security Advisor

Succeeded by
Doug Fears