Mark Nehmer

Associate Deputy Director Cybersecurity, Counterintelligence, DSS

mark nehmer


Mark Nehmer is the Associate Deputy Director, Cybersecurity, Counterintelligence, Defense Security Service (DSS), Quantico, VA. The DSS mission is to support national security and the warfighter by securing the nation’s technological base, and overseeing the protection of U.S. and foreign classified information in the hands of industry. Mr. Nehmer is the Project Manager for the DSS Cybersecurity, Counterintelligence initiative and team leader of information systems security policies including NISPOM and other applicable Federal policies and operational guidance.

Prior to joining DSS, Mr. Nehmer was the J65 Division Chief, Risk Management/C4 Analysis and Strategy, United States Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM), responsible for analysis of current and future DoD and Federal risk management and C4 instructions, directives and implementations, and development of strategies for and on behalf of the USCYBERCOM J6, Command and DoD leadership teams.

A native of Croswell, Michigan, Nehmer graduated from Croswell-Lexington High School in 1976. He graduated from the University of Michigan and holds Bachelor degrees in History and Economics. Upon graduation, he relocated to St. Louis, Missouri where he completed his Master of Business Administration with a dual concentration in Finance and Information Systems from Fontbonne University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.
Previously, he worked as a contractor, performing as the Senior IT Analyst for the stand-up for USCYBERCOM on behalf of Joint Task Force – Global Network Operations (JTF-GNO). He accepted an executive-level Government Service appointment as the Senior Advisor for Command, Control, Communications and Computer Systems in December 2009.

Prior to assisting USCYBERCOM, Nehmer started a division within the contracting company called Cyber Security Solutions. His day to day responsibilities also included program management at the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and the Joint Task Force for Global Network Operations (JTF-GNO). He also retains a position as an Adjunct Faculty for the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business at Nova Southeastern University where he has taught undergraduate Finance since 2003. Prior to joining the contracting company, Nehmer was Vice President of a commercial services firm that specialized in logistics, financial and administrative support for commercial and governmental clients. Nehmer began this career almost 30 years ago in technical roles, starting in a support capacity, then moving to data analysis and programming and finally into business systems analysis and project management.


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