Department of Veterans Affairs names insider Brian Burns CISO

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Brian Burns U.S. Air Force

Brian Burns, a longtime government IT executive and VA insider, steps into CISO role at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has named longtime government IT executive, VA insider, and health IT security expert Brian Burns chief information security officer (CISO). Burns replaces acting CISO Dan Galik, who was serving in the interim after the departure of Stan Lowe this summer. Galik will be returning to his prior position as associate deputy CIO for security operations.

"Brian's leadership and expertise will be needed as we make a strong push to eliminate our material weakness and secure our employees and veterans' data," VA CIO LaVerne Council wrote in a Nov. 6 email to staff announcing the appointment.

Council's email also notes that in addition to his full-time role as CISO, "Burns will also remain in his current position as the deputy director of the Interagency Program Office, which coordinates operations with the Defense Department, and will oversee the implementation of the department's Enterprise Cybersecurity Strategy," writes Aaron Boyd in Federal Times.

Burns has held senior IT positions at the DoD and the Air Force and has also worked for the department of the Interior, Health and Human Services, and Education and Treasury, according to FCW.

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