The Securities and Exchange Commission said Thursday it named Christopher R. Hetner as senior advisor to the chair for cybersecurity policy, a newly created position.

Hetner, the current cybersecurity lead for the Technology Control Program within the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations, will serve as a senior advisor to SEC Chairwoman Mary Jo White on all cybersecurity policy matters.  

His duties will include coordinating efforts across the agency to address cybersecurity policy, engaging with external stakeholders, and further enhancing the SEC’s mechanisms for assessing broad-based market risk. 

“Cyberattacks are a constant threat to our markets,” said White, in a statement. “With the cyber field steadily evolving and expanding, it is imperative we continue to enhance our coordinated approach to cybersecurity policy across the SEC and engage at the highest levels with market participants and governmental bodies concerning the latest developments in this area. We are very fortunate that Chris will take on this important role where he will apply his expertise and decades of experience in information security.”

Hetner, who has more than 20 years in information security and technology, joined the SEC from Ernst and Young where, from November 2012 to January 2015, he led the Wealth and Asset Management Sector Cybersecurity practice. 

Prior to joining EY, he was the chief information security officer at GE Capital, where he was responsible for the global cybersecurity program. Before GE Capital, he implemented information security and regulatory compliance programs for Citigroup’s Institutional Client Group global business and technology units. 

Hetner holds industry-leading certifications including the CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional), NSA INFOSEC (National Security Agency Information Security) Assessment Certification and CISM (Certified Information Security Manager). 

He earned a M.S. in information assurance from Norwich University and a B.S in security management from The City University of New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice.