Mr. Jenista serves as the Regional Cyber Security Advisor for Region VII (IA, KS, MO and NE) for the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Integrated Operations Division. Based in Kansas City, KS, he supports the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) mission of strengthening the security and resilience of the nation’s critical infrastructure.
His programs coordinate cyber preparedness, risk mitigation and incident response. He provides Cyber Security resource briefings, Cyber Security assessments, and Incident Response planning to the nation’s sixteen critical infrastructure sectors and state, local, tribal, and territorial government entities.
Prior to joining the Department of Homeland Security Mr. Jenista worked for 12 years with U.S. Army as an Army Enterprise Systems Branch Chief and Information Systems Security Manager with responsibility for all aspects of Technical support, Service Delivery, Risk Management, Project Management, Enterprise Architecture and Information Security. Prior to joining the U.S. Army, he served 22 years in the U.S. Navy as a Senior Chief Petty Officer, holding duties as an Executive Officer, Weapons Officer and AEGIS Maintenance Supervisor.
Mr. Jenista holds a MBA and an MA in Information Technology Management from Webster University. He has a BS in Computer Information Systems from Park University and he holds the Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP) certification.