Richard Tenney

  • Senior Advisor, Cybersecurity
  • Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

Richard Tenney serves as Senior Advisor for Public Safety Cybersecurity to the Executive Assistant Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s Emergency Communications Division located in the United States of America. Since 2009, he has managed technical assistance and strategic planning for emergency communications for 56 states and territories. In collaboration with other CISA elements, he has led technical assistance efforts to support awareness and education of Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) and 9-1-1 functions about cyber threats to their operations, especially ransomware. He has presented at numerous national conferences including IWCE and APCO on cybersecurity and public safety communications. Prior to joining DHS, Tenney was an executive for IT and telecommunications consulting in Northern Virginia supporting clients like the FBI. He also served in the USAF as a special agent/counterintelligence officer. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Georgetown University, University of Maryland, and Troy University including a BS in management information systems and programming. He is an ISACA Certified Information Systems Manager.


  • Emerging Threats against CI

    The ever changing nature of threats, whether natural, through climate change, or man-made through terrorism activities and insider threats, and coupled together with the latest challenges with cyber attacks from many directions, creates the need to continually review and update policies, practices and technologies to meet these growing demands. But what are those emerging threats, both physical and cyber, and how can we identify, monitor and manage their levels of potential damage?