Arlington, Virginia , Hyatt Regency Crystal City, April 23-25, 2017
Austin, Texas, JW Marriott Austin, October 1-4, 2017
The Thomas M. Jarrett Cybersecurity Conference Scholarship Program grants Chief Information Security Officers (CISO) the opportunity to attend a NASCIO Annual Conference. This scholarship program pays homage to Thomas M. Jarrett, past president of NASCIO (2004 - 2005) with a passion for cybersecurity.
Nominations for the 2017 scholarship have closed. Recipients will be recognized at an Awards Dinner during the Annual Conference in Austin on October 2.
State CIOs must nominate for this scholarship. The application will include examples of the CISOs leadership in cybersecurity and why the CISO would benefit from the conference
The nominee must have a strong passion for and demonstrate leadership in cybersecurity in his/her state.
A sub-committee of the Executive Committee will review the applications and recommend selections based on the strongest entries. Final selections must be approved by the full Executive Committee.
Chris Letterman is the current CSO for the State of Alaska. After attending the University of Louisville, he joined the US Navy serving in the Naval Security Group Command specializing in communications security. After leaving military service, Letterman worked for various communications companies in Alaska before joining state service in 1998. Since being at the State of Alaska, Letterman served on Lieutenant Governor Ulmer’s Security and Privacy committee – which was the first formal push to establish statewide information technology security and privacy policies. He led the state’s Security Functional Workgroup for many years and aided with the planning of the Security Framework for establishing the ISMS for Alaska Executive branch. While involved in these pursuits Letterman also served as the Department Information Technology Manager for the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. Here he intertwined new hire onboarding with mandatory Security Awareness training (before it was cool), had the first departmental firewall/DMZ internal external LAN, and brought hardened desktop and server images into standard operating procedures. In 2007 Letterman moved to the Department of Health and Social Services taking on the challenge of formally establishing their department security and privacy office. Serving as the Chief Security Officer, Letterman hired staff, established security policies and brought needed leadership and attention to HIPAA, Privacy and Security at the agency. Seeking a change, Letterman left state service and accepted a position as Vice President for Information Technology at a regional financial institution. GLBA, FFEIC, IRS, and FDIC compliance further challenged him as he helped mature Risk and Compliance management at the institution. When that institution’s board decided to sell to a larger competitor he found a new niche back in state service at Enterprise Technology Services.
Letterman holds CISM, CRISC, and CGEIT certifications from ISACA, has appeared in SC Magazine and been recognized as an ISE Security Executive of the Year Nominee in 2008. He can be reached at Chris.Letterman@Alaska.gov.
Kevin Burns is the Chief Security Officer for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, providing leadership relative to strengthening the security posture of Commonwealth’s systems and data centers, focusing specifically on the concepts of confidentiality, integrity, and availability for the Massachusetts Information Technology Division.
Leveraging the talents of system engineers, risk assessment staff, and forensic specialists, Burns is also responsible for protecting the digital assets of the Commonwealth, by evaluating threats, attacks, and malware which have exponentially proliferated over the past several years. Further, the Security Office within ITD works with the Secretariat CIOs from various agencies throughout Massachusetts to ensure compliance with the Massachusetts Privacy Laws and Executive Orders regarding the confidentiality of the Commonwealth’s citizens’ private information.
Prior to joining ITD, Burns developed financial and systemic controls for the Commonwealth’s Labor Secretariat and also worked as an Internal Affairs Investigator the Massachusetts Department of Revenue.
Deborah A. Snyder serves as Acting Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the New York State Office of Information Technology Services (ITS). In her role as Acting CISO, she directs the Enterprise Information Security Office’s comprehensive governance, risk management and compliance program. She provides business-aligned strategic leadership and vision, promoting industry standards and risk-based investments to maximize business opportunity and minimize risk.
From November 2001 to November 2012, she served as the Chief Information Security Officer for the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA), where she established and led the agency’s Information Security Office and comprehensive Information Security Assurance Program. She informed and advised executive management on security governance, risk and compliance, and managed a portfolio of initiatives designed to increase awareness, mitigate risk, optimize protection of information assets and prevent, detect and recover from incidents.
Snyder has extensive experience in state and local government program administration, information technology and information security services. Prior to serving as the agency’s CISO, Snyder served as the Director of Human Services Modernization, leading program reform, redesign and system modernization initiatives encompassing multiple agencies and systems, managing state programs, IT, and vendor resources to deliver innovative program and technology solutions.
Snyder is an active participant and contributor to the IT and Information Security community. She has championed efforts to strengthen the State’s information security posture and advance the profession at large. She has served as Co-Chair of the NYS Forum Information Security Work Group, VP of Education for the local ISACA Chapter, and is a member of the Project Management Institute, InfraGard, Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), and the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA). She co-authored the book entitled “SECURE –
Insights From The People Who Keep Information Safe,” which offers industry leaderships insights and perspective, and has received recognition for excellence in government information services, and outstanding contributions to the field of information security and cyber security. She is a highly regarded speaker and instructor on topics critical to executive-level business and IT professionals.
Snyder graduated from the State University of New York at Albany, and holds several industry certifications including Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC), SANS Global Information Assurance Certification in Security Leadership (GIAC GSLC) and Project Management Professional (PMP).