Office of the Chief Information Officer

United States Department of Agriculture

Venice M. Goodwine

Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)

Venice M. Goodwine serves as the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).  She has over 28 years of information technology experience spanning private industry, active and reserve military service, and the federal civilian government.  Her experience includes leading large IT organizations, developing agency-wide strategy and policy, establishing governance, overseeing cybersecurity operations, executing IT acquisition, and program management.

As the USDA CISO she oversees $208 million in cybersecurity expenditures throughout the agency each year.  She has raised the agency’s FITARA cyber score from an F to a B, and she led the agency to achieve a single unified security operations center by consolidating 128 federal and contractor FTEs, 57 processes, and 11 tools, valued at more than $8.2 million.  She leads the integration of Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) tools across over 134,000 endpoints and 1,200 mobile devices.  She initiated a transformation of the agency’s implementation of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Risk Management Framework.  She continuously champions cybersecurity workforce development using the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education framework, and she leverages the NIST Cybersecurity Framework to mature cybersecurity services at USDA.

Goodwine was named a 2020 WashingtonExec Top 25 Cybersecurity Executive to Watch and won both the 2020 WashingtonExec Pinnacle Award for Cybersecurity Government Executive of the Year and the 2020 G2Xchange Women in Leadership awards.  She also was nominated for the 2020 FedScoop50 Cybersecurity Leader of the Year award.

Goodwine has served as a cyber advisor to the Marine Corps Systems Command leadership responsible for delivering capabilities to the USMC warfighter.  Her diverse roles include Commander of an Air Force Cyber Squadron, Lead Cyber Policy Analyst at Headquarters Air Force, Pacific Region Communications Planner, and USMC Program Manager/Regional Contracting Officer Representative.

Goodwine earned a Masters of Business Administration from William Carey University, Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Science from University of Maryland, a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) from ISC2, Project Management Professional (PMP) from Project Management Institute (PMI), and DAWIA Level 3 Certification in Information Technology from Defense Acquisition University (DAU).