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NASA Appoints New CIO for IT Security

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NASA last week named Valarie Burks as its new deputy chief information officer for information technology security.

NASA CIO Linda Cureton appointed the former USDA associate CIO to replace Jerry Davis, who left NASA in July.

“Valarie has a significant background and experience in IT security,” Cureton wrote in a written announcement. “However, it was her in-depth understanding of communications and her holistic approach to IT security that won her the job.”

At USDA, Burks’ accomplishments include the development of the USDA Certification and Accreditation Center of Excellence, which aims to improve and mitigate system risks, reduce costs and improve the quality and standards for systems.

She also developed and oversaw IT infrastructure and equipment while working for the Office of Management and Budget, Department of Commerce, and Government Accountability Office.

Burks received her B.S. in computer science from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and her M.S. in computer systems management from the University of Maryland, University College.

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