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by Dave Gradijan

VA Names New Security Adviser in Wake of Data Theft

Jun 01, 20062 mins
CSO and CISOData and Information Security

After the massive data theft from an employee of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Richard Romley, a former attorney general of Maricopa County, Ariz., was named as the new special adviser for information security, Computerworld reports.

Computerworld also reports the VA stated that it is going to fire the analyst who took the information home, where it was stolen.

Named by Secretary of Veterans Affairs James Nicholson, Romley will report directly to Nicholson and will be responsible for reviewing the VA’s current policies and procedures and recommending changes for improving the agency’s information security, the article states. Romley is a Vietnam War veteran.

Nicholson announced that there would be several personnel changes in the VA’s Office of Policy and Planning, including the termination of the analyst.

He also announced that acting Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning Dennis Duffy has been placed on administrative leave, and his role is being assumed by current Assistant General Counsel for Management and Operations Paul Hutter, who supervised the VA’s information systems division as well as 22 regional offices and field operations, the article states.

Mike McLendon, deputy assistant secretary for policy, announced his resignation effective June 2.

According to Computerworld, all VA employees will be required to complete a general privacy awareness and cybersecurity training exercise by June 30 and sign a statement affirming their commitment to and understanding of their data security obligations.

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Compiled by Paul Kerstein