Devon Bryan

CISO

The Federal Reserve System

Devon Bryan is Executive Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the Federal Reserve System. As CISO, Devon oversees information security, including incident response, for the enterprise, ensuring information security architecture, standards, policies and programs remain effective and efficient. Devon came to the Federal Reserve from Fortune 500 payroll and human resources provider ADP, where led ADP’s information security strategy, collaborating across the company’s geographically dispersed business operations to ensure coordination, consensus, and effective execution across global operations. Prior to joining ADP in 2011, he served as the Deputy Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) after directing the IRS’s FISMA-compliant information security program and leading the IRS’s incident response team. His information security career began in the U.S. Air Force, where he served as a Captain and lead engineer working on systems and programs to protect the critical network and communications tools of the Air Force’s Air Combat Command.


Blockchain Adoption and the Cybersecurity Practitioners Dilemma

Posted on: 29 May 2017

“We drive into the future looking into our rear view mirrors” Marshall McLuhan (The views expressed in this article are entirely my own do not reflect the position of my employer the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, or the Federal Reserve System as a whole.) Notably absent from the dearth…

Cut the FUD: Four Reasons Cloud Brings Security Advantages

Posted on: 09 Feb 2016

At the risk of being ‘voted off CISO island’ or worse, ‘lose my CISO card,’ I’m prepared to make an argument contrary to the popular opinions expressed by many of my fellow CISOs. I believe cloud-based migrations can actually bring several security advantages for certain organizations and especially SMBs. I find it surprising that so…

Innovating as a CISO: Changing the Conversation

Posted on: 07 Jan 2016

I recently sat on a panel with fellow security executives to discuss the general topic of innovating as a CISO. Unsurprising and somewhat understandable, the conversation quickly devolved and topics covered included RSA’s Innovation Sandbox, the large number of startups CISOs visit at RSA each year and how many trips CISOs make to Silicon Valley…

The Wisdom of the CISO Crowd…In an Era of Security Products and Technologies DELUGE

Posted on: 03 Feb 2015

The list of security products and technologies resulting from searches by even the least sophisticated Internet Search Engines across any of the major security product categories can be quite overwhelming. These categories include ‘firewalls,’ ‘IDS/IPS’, ‘SIEM’ and don’t even mention “Threat Intelligence” since, thanks to the associated market hype-cycle, even vulnerability scanners are now being…

If Not Now, When? If Not Us, Who? – “Tackling The Great Minority Cyber Divide”

Posted on: 15 Jan 2015

In a November 2014 article, Lowell McAdam the CEO of Verizon made the following very bold public statement, “It’s Wrong That in a Room of 25 Engineers, Only 3 Are Women.” Lowell’s very intriguing article went on to quote several other very compelling facts and figures triggering resonance at so many levels, including the prediction…