Jerry Davis is the new Chief Information Officer for AMES. Davis joins NASA from the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA), where he was the Deputy Assistant Secretary, in the Information Security Office of Information & Technology. While there he oversaw the administration of more than 1,000 IT Security (IS) staff and contractors, managing the security platform for the VA Enterprise. Together they provided security and privacy support to more than 400,000 employees and contractors, while managing security and network operations for nearly one million networked IT devices.
Davis may be familiar to some, as prior to his role at the VA he was NASA’s Deputy Chief Information Officer for IT Security, and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). In his role at the Agency, he oversaw all aspects of information security and privacy, including the development and implementation of enterprise-wide IT security engineering and architecture, IT security governance, and IT security operations capabilities.
Prior to NASA, he served as 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. 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 City's manager of the Wide Area Network (WAN) Security Architecture. Earlier in Davis’s career he held positions as a senior security consultant with several Fortune 500 consulting firms, serving clients in the intelligence community, Department of Defense, and Federal civilian agencies. He was also a Special Operations Program Officer within the Central Intelligence Agency’s National Clandestine Service office.
Davis is a combat Veteran of the United States Marine Corps serving as a light armored reconnaissance vehicle commander and as a Counterintelligence Specialist with focus on Human Intelligence operations. He holds a Master’s degree in Network Security from Capitol College, and has done doctoral work in the Information Systems Field. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business, with concentration in IT Security. His awards and recognition include Federal Government Chief of the Year--Information Security category (Government Executive magazine), the Cyber Visionary Trailblazer award from Turner Broadcasting System (TBS), North America Information Security Executive of the Year, and one of the 50 Most Important African Americans in Technology (2009 & 2011).