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Zero Trust's Role in Securing Veteran Data

The Department of Veterans Affairs is accelerating its cybersecurity approach, adopting new architectures like zero trust to better secure veteran data. VA CISO Lynette Sherrill and National Alliances Leader of Data Security and Management at Rubrik Federal Sterling Wilson sit down to discuss how they’re preparing and advancing security frameworks to protect sensitive data, like Personal Identifiable Information (PII) and veteran health data, as the cyber threat landscape continues to evolve. 

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Lynette Sherrill is an accomplished Information Technology management professional with over 20 years of experience. She is responsible for leading the VA's Office of Information Security, which establishes the vision, defines the strategy, and leads the implementation of the Department’s enterprise-wide cybersecurity program.

Ms. Sherrill coordinates cybersecurity responses across the enterprise and provides cybersecurity architecture, monitoring, and incident response in support of the Veterans Health Administration, Veteran Benefits Administration, and National Cemetery Administration missions. Ms. Sherrill worked for both federal and municipal governments, to operate and defend vital networks and information, by providing excellence in information technology operations and customer service.

Prior to fulfilling her current duties as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information Security and Chief Information Security Officer, Ms. Sherrill was responsible for leading the Enterprise Command Operations at the Department of Veterans Affairs. There she had responsibility for managing Enterprise Service Desk, Enterprise Command Center, Operations Triage Group and the Major Incident, Problem and Emergency Management teams that support the Department of Veterans Affairs 24/7/365.

Ms. Sherrill also served the Department of Veterans Affairs as the Deputy Director for the Field Security Service Health Information Security Division and held network security management, information and technology management, and security specialist positions with the VA Network Security and Operations Center – Computer Network Defense Division, VA IT Office of Oversight and Compliance, VA Austin Automation Center, City of Austin Government, and the Department of the Army.

Ms. Sherrill’s awards and recognition include the 2022 FedScoop Best Boss Nominee, the 2022 FedHealthIT100 Awardee, 2021 FedHealthIT Innovation Award, 2020 Women in Leadership Impact; 2016 US Government Information Security Leadership Award, the 2015 NextGov Bold Award in Government innovations, and the 2015 Digital Innovation Award Nominee.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems, Colorado Christian University, Lakewood, CO, a Master’s
Certificate in Project Management, George Washington University, Washington, DC, the Certified Information Systems Security Profession (CISSP), Business Relationship Management Professional, and the ITIL 3 Foundation certificates.

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information Security and CISO, VA
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Bringing a unique perspective from 20 years of datacenter experience in government, private and financial sectors, Sterling Wilson is an exciting and passionate Data Security Evangelist who understands the industry. In this age of data automation, machine learning and infrastructure modernization, the security and integrity of your most strategic asset, data, is top of mind for everyone. Sterling discusses how our modern needs of Data Management, Resiliency, and Security can’t be met with legacy thinking and solutions.

National Alliances Leader, Data Security and Management, Rubrik Federal


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