Veterans Affairs taps NASA IT exec as new CISO

Department of Veterans Affairs
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Roopangi Kadakia, who most recently served as web services executive in NASA’s Office of the CIO, has been appointed CISO at the Department of Veterans Affairs. She will start in the new role on July 24.

Kadakia replaces Brian Burns, who left in June for another public sector job. "She will be the fifth permanent or acting CISO at VA over the last 12 months," writes Eric White for Federal News Radio.

In an email to staff announcing Kadakia’s appointment, VA CIO LaVerne Council referred to the department's "transformation goals," including plans to move some systems to the cloud, an area where Kadakia has significant experience, having moved 160 applications to the cloud during her time at NASA (see video below).

Prior to her IT roles at NASA, Kadakia was CISO at International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group. She also held security roles at the Department of Homeland Security and the General Services Administration. Kadakia also spent 4 years as an IT specialist with the Peace Corps.

Kadakia has a master's degree in Social Work from The University of Texas at Arlington and a bachelor's in Psychology from Trinity University.

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