Jerry Davis

Monday - 12/12/2011, 3:10pm EST

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information Security (IS)
Office of Information & Technology (OI&T)
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)


Jerry L. Davis joined VA as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for IS in August 2010. Mr. Davis oversees the administration of IS and manages the security platform for the VA enterprise consisting of nearly 300,000 personnel and some 700,000 networked devices through direct oversight of the six IS offices: Field Security Operations, the VA Network Security and Operations Center, the Office of Business Continuity, the Office of Cyber Security, the Office of Privacy, FOIA and Records Management, and the Office of Risk Management and Incident Response.

Prior to coming to VA, Mr. Davis was the Deputy Chief Information Officer for IT Security and also the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) where he oversaw all aspects of information security and privacy for NASA, including the development and implementation of enterprise-wide IT security engineering and architecture, IT security governance and IT security operations capabilities. Before his tenure at NASA, Mr. Davis served as the Deputy Chief Information Officer for the Department of Education, managing the day-to-day operations of the Department's enterprise-wide IT infrastructure and serving as the Department's first CISO and Director of Information Assurance.

Previously, Mr. Davis was one of the principal thought leaders in the design, implementation, and management of the District of Columbia's first city-wide IT security program and served as the Manager of Wide Area Network (WAN) Security Architecture. Mr. Davis also held positions as a private investigator and as a senior security consultant with several Fortune 500 consulting firms, serving clients in the Intelligence Community, Department of Defense, and federal civilian agencies. Mr. Davis also held a staff position with the Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) National Clandestine Service (NCS) for several years.

Mr. Davis is a former member of the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization (SDIO) where he conducted research work in the late 1980s on "The electronic battlefield", focusing on the use of electro-optical and Global Positioning System (GPS) technology in support of land navigation and target acquisition theories. Mr. Davis is a combat Veteran of the United States Marine Corps and served as a light armored reconnaissance vehicle commander and as a Counterintelligence Specialist with focus on Human Intelligence operations. He holds a masters degree in network security from Capitol College and a bachelors of science in business with a concentration in IT security from Western Governors University. Mr. Davis has also done doctoral work in the field of information systems. In 2009, Mr. Davis was selected as the North America Information Security Executive of the Year and was also selected as one of the 50 Most Important African Americans in Technology in 2009.