Veterans affairs exec lands top cybersecurity post at Accelera Solutions

Don Sheehan, the former director of business continuity at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, is moving on to the private sector as the new vice president of cybersecurity solutions at cloud and virtualization software developer Accelera Solutions.

Veterans affairs exec lands top cybersecurity post at Accelera Solutions

Accelera Solutions, the Fairfax, Va.-based cloud and virtualization company, has named Don Sheehan as its new vice president of cybersecurity solutions. Sheehan previously served as director of business continuity at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Sheehan joined the VA department in 2003 and, according to the Accelera press release, is credited with leading the agency’s response to Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy and was a “driving force” in the creation of the VA Trusted Internet Connection gateways. During his tenure, he also served as a representative to the National Communications System and the Executive Branch Cyber Unified Coordination Group.

Accelera Solutions’ clients include a bevy of government agencies such as the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Company officials said Sheehan will be charged with helping “break down” some of the security barriers that have prevented government and commercial organizations from fully embracing cloud-based IT environments and demonstrate the “powerful advantages” that cloud and virtualization technologies provide for improving the cybersecurity profile of these organizations.

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