• State CIO Amy Tong Meets Media – Year 1 Priorities; State CISO Appointment? Whom the CISO will Report To; Multi-department Security Leadership Roles Delineated; Speculation on New CDT Organization Changes

    September 9th, 2016 by admin Categories: Blogs Tags: , , , , , , ,

    department-of-technology-logoCalifornia Department of Technology Director and State Chief Information Officer, Amy Tong, held a media roundtable and “meet and greet” this week. It was billed as an opportunity for Amy to briefly discuss her goals and vision for the Department and take questions from the invited press specific to those goals and vision.

    Primary takeaways:

    Year 1 Plan – Theme: Delivery, Innovation, Quality Assurance

    Priority 1: Information Security. The proverbial “nationwide search” now in it seventh month continues for a new State CISO. However, Amy said it will come “soon” and she states that the position will remain at the CDT. This is contrary to what many have been speculating about the State CISO going to CalOES.

    Amy also articulated the multi-department roles in state security:

    CDT – Policy & compliance (audits)

    CalOES – Monitoring

    Military – Security Assessments

    CHP – Investigations

    Goal 2: Statewide project delivery. Amy said she can’t promise that all projects will be successful, but promises to do all we can in risk mitigation. She also said that there were no project performance audits planned as there was significant collaboration within her department as to projects’ statuses.

    Goal 3: Grow maturity and skill set at CDT

    Finally, regarding CDT organization Amy stated that the decision to replace the CDT Deputy Director of Policy Andrea Wallin-Rohmann was still under discussion, although CDT’s organization web site no longer lists the position, and the speculation is that Chris Cruz will be the sole Chief Deputy Director when the dust settles.

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