Larry Zelvin is a career Senior Executive Service member and Director of the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In this capacity, he leads a 24×7 operations center responsible for the coordination of national responses to cyber and communications incidents as well as the development of common situational awareness for federal, state, and local governments, intelligence and law enforcement communities, and international and private sector partners.
Mr. Zelvin is a retired U.S. Navy Captain and aviator with 26 years of active service. He has commanded a U.S. Navy squadron, qualified as an Officer of the Deck (Underway) and Combat Information Center Watch Officer. He earned subspecialties in undersea warfare, strategic intelligence, and national security. He has also served as a politico-military planner in the Joint Chief of Staff’s Homeland Security Division, Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate (J-5) during the 9/11 attacks as the Principal Director within the Office of the Secretary of Defense following Hurricane Katrina.
Mr. Zelvin’s last assignment was at the White House National Security Staff (NSS) where he was a senior crisis manager during major events such as the 2010 Haitian earthquake; the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill; and the 2011 Japanese earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear incident. He developed and gained Cabinet officer approval of National Level Exercise (NLE) 2012 – the first national level test of the nation’s ability to manage a cyber incident with physical consequences. He also developed and executed three NSS-led cyber security exercises which explored policy challenges related to significant cyber incidents and drove the development of a cyber common operating picture. Mr. Zelvin was instrumental in the creation of a new interagency Cyber Response Group to meet the Cyberspace Policy Review requirement for a White House chaired cyber incident response policy group.
Mr. Zelvin has earned a Bachelor of Arts from Boston University, Master of Arts from the U.S. Naval War College; a Master of Science from the Defense Intelligence College; and graduated from the Joint Forces Staff College. He has been awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and the Presidential Service Badge, among other personal, campaign, and unit awards.