Where Next For Government Cybersecurity in Colorado?

Deborah Blyth is Colorado’s Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), with over 25 years technology background and 15 years leading information security programs.  As the CISO, she serves as the point of contact for all information security initiatives in Colorado, informing the state Chief Information Officer and executive agency leadership on security risks and impacts of policy and management decisions on IT-related initiatives. Deborah is responsible for determining the strategic and tactical security direction for executive branch agencies, to meet established objectives.

Before joining the state of Colorado, Deborah (who often goes by Debbi) led the Information Technology Security and Compliance programs at TeleTech (5 years) and Travelport (3 years).  Deborah is a Colorado native, and graduated Summa cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree from Regis University. 

I have known and worked with Debbi on several MS-ISAC initiatives, cybersecurity webinars and NASCIO security committee deliverables over the past several years, and she is always full of enthusiasm, displays a positive “can do” attitude and has a deep knowledge of technical topics. She is a sought-after expert regarding state and local government cybersecurity initiatives, so I was delighted when she agreed to be interviewed for my first blog of 2021.    

Exclusive Interview Between Colorado CISO Deborah Blyth and Dan Lohrmann


Dan Lohrmann (DL):  Debbi, you have held several security leadership positions, what are some of the differences between government and the private sector roles? What duties are the same?

Deborah Blyth (DB): The things that strike me as being vastly different as CISO, between the public sector and private sector are: scope of responsibility, legislative presentations, and budgetary planning cycles.  I have a much larger scope of responsibility as the state CISO than I did in either of my roles as the CISO of (Read more…)

*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Lohrmann on Cybersecurity authored by Lohrmann on Cybersecurity. Read the original post at: https://www.govtech.com/blogs/lohrmann-on-cybersecurity/where-next-for-government-cybersecurity-in-colorado.html