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VA Privacy Service



Joseph S. Stenaka, Deputy Chief Information Security Officer, Executive Director for Information Security Operations, Chief Privacy Officer

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Joseph S. Stenaka is the Executive Director, Information Security Operations/Deputy Chief Information Security Officer and Chief Privacy Officer with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

In his role as Executive Director, he serves as a senior cybersecurity advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). He leads the Department’s cybersecurity operation programs, including ongoing testing and evaluation, remediation management, incident response and continuity of operations. He is a subject matter expert to executive management on a broad range of security standards, best practices, and VA risk approaches to cybersecurity. He also plans, develops and coordinates agency-level information security programs and strategies; and supervises 160 government personnel.

Mr. Stenaka was designated as the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Privacy Service’s new Chief Privacy Officer (CPO) in July 2020. As CPO, Mr. Stenaka administers VA’s Enterprise-wide Privacy Program on behalf of VA’s Senior Agency Official for Privacy. He is directly supported by the Privacy Service team in collaboration with VA Administrations, Program and Staff Offices. Mr. Stenaka also implements and sustains VA’s privacy program and performs related functions, like providing oversight and approval of VA privacy policies. Mr. Stenaka is eager to continue to improve VA’s privacy posture by raising privacy awareness across the Department, professionalizing Privacy Officers and educating VA personnel about their critical responsibility to secure the sensitive information of all Veterans.

Prior to this appointment, Mr. Stenaka was the CISO for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS) within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) which he provided key worldwide cybersecurity support to data and systems valued over $2B. Prior to his assignment at USDA he was responsible for Department of Defense (DoD) boundary defense while assigned to the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) where he managed 250 employees and safeguarded the DoD’s Information Network valued at over $24B while protecting nearly 3 million DoD users. Mr. Stenaka also served as the Chief Information Assurance Manager at Cyber Command where he created and managed the information assurance/cybersecurity program. Additionally, he was the lead strategist for the Commander of Cyber Command and oversaw the creation of the command’s first ever cyber strategy.

Mr. Stenaka also has over 20 years of undergraduate and graduate experience as a professor with Central Texas College, Anne Arundel Community College, National Intelligence College and University of Maryland.

Mr. Stenaka is a Veteran who honorably served on active duty as a Cryptologic/Information Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy, retiring in May 2010. His career included assignments at Cyber Command and Fleet Cyber Command where he provided cyberwarfare planning, integration and expertise to European Command, Northern Command and Southern Command. He also created and executed new cyberwarfare procedures and techniques while assigned to the Network Attack Staff and the Information Operations Technology Center. Other assignments included tours with the Canadian Forces as a US Cryptologic Exchange Officer, USS Deyo (DD-989) as Electronic Warfare/Outboard Officer and at the National Security Agency as a leader for intelligence production and analysis.

Mr. Stenaka earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Villanova University, a master’s degree in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University. He has several cybersecurity and management certifications to include CISSP, CEH, C|CISO, Security+, CISM, GPEN, GAWN, ECSA, CHFI and PMP.