Alvin "Tony" Plater
Department of the Navy
Mr. Plater was named the DON CISO in February 2021. He reports directly to the DON CIO on the sufficiency, impacts, and implications of proposed changes to cybersecurity guidance, standards, and strategies. He advises the DON CIO on the Defend Strategic / Enterprise level IT security initiatives, commercial cloud security, and cybersecurity innovation to achieve the organization’s vision. He supports coalition building to speed implementation of innovative solutions to address department requirements. He leads a team responsible for driving initiatives to secure DON data and information, regardless of where it resides. These initiatives involve measuring cyber risk, active monitoring, building a cyber-sentry culture, securing the Defense Industry Base, and supporting acquisition.
Mr. Tony Plater joined the government as a Senior Advisor to the Department of the Navy (DON) Chief Information Officer in November 2015. Prior to his selection for government service, Mr. Plater accumulated 13 years of industry experience as a Senior Lead Technologist with Booz Allen Hamilton. In this capacity, he rendered onsite cybersecurity policy and program support to senior leadership in the DoD CIO Cloud Computing Office, Navy N2/N6, and the Navy Marine Corp Intranet (NMCI) Program Office.
Mr. Plater is a retired U.S. Army military IT professional who was formally recognized on numerous occasions for exemplary/meritorious service. During his military career, he completed leadership assignments with the Joint Staff J4, U.S. Central Command, U.S. Special Operations Command, and the 501 st Military Intelligence Brigade.
Mr. Plater is a graduate of the DON’s Bridging the Gap Leadership Development Program and the Federal Executive Institute (FEI) Leadership for a Democratic Society course. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Information Systems, in addition to multiple industry certifications including Program Management Professional (PMP), Certified Information System Security (CISSP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), and EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH).