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Chris Cleary

CISO, Department of the Navy

Cybersecurity Leader of the Year

Cleary is new to a new job. He is the first CISO for the Navy, starting his job just before one of the biggest security challenges the Navy has faced: having its workforce work on untrusted networks in new security environments. Cleary’s most proud accomplishment has been helping to roll out the Commercial Virtual Remote environment, the Department of Defense’s telework platform. It was a decision that came with a significant amount of risk. “We had to accept the risk to enable productivity,” he said. Thinking critically about accepting and mitigating risk to enable productivity is a footing Cleary wants to bring forward post-pandemic.