VA cybersecurity chief departs to Energy

VA cybersecurity chief departs to Energy

Veterans Affairs Department cybersecurity chief Bruce Brody is leaving to take a position as associate CIO for cybersecurity at the Energy Department, VA said today.

Brody formed the Office of Cyber Security when he joined VA in 2001 to centralize and correct the many security weaknesses at the department. He has established a comprehensive security regime, including the automated Security Configuration and Management Program, which follows installation of antivirus software and the upgrade of the departmentwide Central Incident Response Capability. Under his leadership, VA has also reduced the number of IP addresses and gateways to the Internet it uses.

Pedro Cadenas Jr., Brody's deputy, will serve as acting associate deputy assistant secretary for cyber and information security, a VA spokesman said.

Before coming to VA, Brody served in several positions at the Defense Department, including as director of information superiority investment strategy, where he recommended how the department should spend $50 billion annually on information resources. He directed major studies of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence.

At the Defense Information Systems Agency, he directed the Multilevel Security Division and later the Joint Information Management Center.

An Air Force veteran, Brody holds a master's degree with an emphasis on information security from Eastern Michigan University. He is also a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College's Advanced Program Management Course.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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