VA Names New Chief Information Security Officer

Department of Veterans Affairs Chief Information Officer LaVerne Council announced Nov. 6 that Brian Burns has accepted an offer to become the agency’s next chief information security officer.

Burns takes over for Dan Galik, who has served as acting CISO since Stan Lowe retired in August. Burns will also continue in his role as deputy director of the Interagency Program Office (IPO) established jointly by the VA and the Department of Defense, to lead the implementation phase of the agency’s enterprise cybersecurity strategy.

“Brian’s leadership and expertise will be needed as we make a strong push to eliminate our Material Weakness and secure our employees and Veteran’s data,” Council wrote in an email obtained by MeriTalk.

The appointment was expected by some insiders, especially following the October announcement by Council that Burns would lead the agency effort to carry out its enterprise security strategy. The VAdelivered the new strategy to Congress on Sept. 28, one day before the deadline set by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs.

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MeriTalk Executive Editor Dan Verton is a veteran journalist and winner of the First Place Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award for Best News Reporting -- the highest award in the nation for business/trade journalism. Dan earned a Master's Degree in Journalism and Public Affairs from American University in Washington, D.C., and has spent the last 20 years in the nation's capital reporting on government, enterprise technology, policy and national cybersecurity. He’s also a former intelligence officer in the United States Marine Corps, has authored three books on cybersecurity, and has testified on critical infrastructure protection before both House and Senate committees.
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