ISSA-LA Sept 15 Virtual Meeting
September 15 @ 11:45 am - 1:00 pm PDT
Christopher Cleary, Department of the Navy Chief Principal Cyber Advisor
Christopher Cleary was named the Department of the Navy Chief Principal Cyber Advisor
(PCA) in November 2020. In this role, he is responsible for advising the Secretary of the
Navy, Chief of Naval Operations, and Commandant of the Marine Corps and
implementing the Department of Defense Cyber Strategy within the Department of the
Navy (DON). Prior to being appointed as the PCA he was the DON Chief Information
Security Officer (CISO) and Director of the DON CIO Cybersecurity Directorate.
Before returning to his roots in the Navy, Chris was working in the commercial sector as
Vice President of Business Development and Strategy for Leidos’s Cyber & SIGINT
Solutions Operation, based in Columbia, Maryland. Chris’s other commercial experience
includes Director of Business Development, Tenable; Client Partner, Verizon Enterprise
Solutions; Director of Cyber Intelligence, L3 Communications; President, Vir-Sec
Government Services; and Senior Manager of Intelligence Programs, Sparta.
Chris is a retired Naval Reserve Officer who served 16 of 24 years on active duty in a
variety of leadership roles supporting several commands including, US CYBER
COMMAND, National Security Agency (NSA), Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI), National
Reconnaissance Office (NRO), Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), Assault Craft
Unit TWO, and USS Simpson (FFG-56). Prior to receiving his commission Chris spent four
year as an F/A-18 Hornet avionics technician serving with The Desert Gladiators (VFA-
106). Chris has deployed four times, twice supporting combat operations in Iraq.
He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Program
Management Professional (PMP). He has been a lecturer at the United States Naval
Academy, Federal Aviation Administration, Naval Postgraduate School, The New School
of Design, Montreat College, DEFCON Security Conference, and the National Defense
Chris graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1996 and he obtained a
Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in
2012. Chris and his wife of 24 years have four children and live in Millersville, Md.