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Cybersecurity Leadership and Innovation Awards presented at Intel Security FOCUS ’14

The Center for Digital Government recognized the best public-sector cybersecurity professionals in the nation at the Intel Security FOCUS ’14 Security Conference in Las Vegas on October 28, 2014. The 2014 Cybersecurity Leadership and Innovation Awards luncheon recognized the commitment, dedication, hard work, and contributions of state and local government agencies, healthcare, and education organizations in cybersecurity technology services. Congratulations to the 2014 winners for demonstrating they are serious about cybersecurity defense by putting into place systems, practices, and policies that keep information safe for citizens.

Award Winners by Category

Leadership/Innovators Award: Stanley "Stash" Jarocki, Director of Information Technology Security, Phoenix Children’s Hospital — Jarocki is an experienced change agent and visionary in information security and risk management. Currently, he is the director of IT security at Phoenix Children's Hospital. He initiated the Disaster Recovery / Business Continuity Planning program, implemented a new internet gateway protection system, and more.

Cybersecurity Leadership/Innovators Award: Joe Panora, Director, Enterprise Information Services, and Agency Chief Information Officer, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) — Over the last several years, Panora has overseen an IT project portfolio worth over $800 million, and has spearheaded both a business and IT transformation for CDCR. Some recent successes, supported by an enterprise-wide McAfee Security Connected framework, include implementing a state-of-the-art financial management (ERP) system, and implementing the Strategic Offender Management System (SOMS) — a Web-based electronic system comprised of a central offender database, management application, and comprehensive document management system which provides $4 million in annual savings.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Martin O'Malley, Governor, State of Maryland — Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley is presented the Cybersecurity Leadership and Innovation Lifetime Achievement Award for his stewardship in implementing the National Governors Association’s Call for Action for Governors for Cybersecurity and collaborating with partners such as the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) for situational awareness.

“Every day we learn more about the number and severity of cybersecurity threats and that makes it more important than ever that government, education, and healthcare organizations vigorously address those threats,” said Todd Sander, executive director of the Center for Digital Government. “By putting systems, practices, and policies in place that prevent, detect, and mitigate vulnerabilities this year’s winners demonstrate they are serious about cybersecurity defense and keeping citizens' information safe. Congratulations to this deserving group of winners!”

View Focus ’14 Cybersecurity Award Winners

Media Mentions

  • CDCR's Joe Panora receives cybersecurity leadership award — Inside CDCR News (10/29/2014)
  • 2014 Cybersecurity Leadership and Innovation Awards Announced — Embedded Computing Design (10/28/2014)
  • 2014 Cybersecurity Leadership and Innovation Awards Announced — Directions Magazine (10/28/2014)
  • 2014 Cybersecurity Awards: Winners Succeed in a Growing Threat Landscape – Government Technology — TechReact (10/28/2014)
  • 2014 Cybersecurity Awards: Winners Succeed in a Growing Threat Landscape — Government Technology (10/28/2014)

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