Edward H. Deets III, who was named six weeks ago as the new CERT Cybersecurity Division director at Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute. CMU confirmed today Mr. Deets has left his position.
Bill Schackner / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Six weeks after being named director, Edward (Ned) Deets III has left the CERT Cybersecurity Division of Carnegie Melon University's Software Engineering Institute. No reason for the departure was given.
In response to an inquiry, Carnegie Mellon spokesman Ken Walters on Friday confirmed the move in a two-sentence email.
"Edward Deets is not an employee of the Software Engineering Institute," he wrote. "We do not discuss personnel matters, so that’s all I can tell you."
Mr. Deets could not immediately be reached for comment.
On Feb. 1, Carnegie Mellon announced that Mr. Deets had been named the successor to Richard Pethia, who founded CERT, created in 1988 as the world's first computer emergency response team.
Mr. Deets had been with the Software Engineering Institute since 2012, initially as CERT deputy director for Defense Cyber Solutions, officials said. He was appointed one year later as the Institute's first director of its Software Solutions Division.
Mr. Deets had a career of more than three decades with the Navy, reaching the rank of rear admiral before he retired, Carnegie Mellon officials said at the time of his appointment.
A native of Charlottesville, Va., he graduated from Duke University. He is also a distinguished graduate of the National War College.
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