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State Announces New Chief Information Security Officer

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State Announces New Chief Information Security Officer

Ronald Buchanan has been named the new chief information security officer in Washington, the state announced in a recent press release.

As state CISO, Buchanan will oversee the state Office of CyberSecurity. He takes over from acting state CISO Scott Bream who has been serving since July 2018. Before Bream, it was Agnes Kirk who held the role until her retirement in June 2018.

Buchanan, who has over 20 years of global information security experience, is currently serving as the chief information risk officer and IT director of the Information Security and Private Office for the Oregon Health Authority and Department of Human Services. He will begin his term on January 22, 2019.

According to the release, Buchanan WaTech will benefit from his deep expertise in managing cybersecurity, developing and leading high-performing teams, and managing risk and compliance in heavily regulated environments.

“Ron is an experienced information security professional who has the depth of expertise needed to build on the important work the Office of CyberSecurity does to safeguard the personal information of Washington state residents,” State Chief Information Officer and Washington Technology Services (WaTech) Director Jim Weaver, adding, “I look forward to working with Ron.”

Previously, Buchanan worked as the Director of Special Investigations and Threat Analysis for Pearson VUE and as a Senior Cyber Security Advisor with Battelle supporting the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) division. Furthermore, he was a federal Special Agent focused on cybercrime and counterintelligence investigations and operations; a forensic examiner with the Defense Computer Forensics Laboratory. He is a retired veteran having served with the West Virginia Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve.

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