Oakland’s information security program grabs two national awards

Oakland County’s Information Security Program is capturing national attention with two cybersecurity awards from the Center for Digital Government at its seventh annual Cybersecurity Leadership and Innovation Awards program, County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced.

“The two awards from the Center for Digital Government highlight just how innovative Oakland County’s cybersecurity team is under the leadership of Deputy County Executive/CIO Phil Bertolini and Chief Information Security Officer Chris Burrows,” Patterson said.

The Center for Digital Government bestowed its Cybersecurity Leadership and Innovation Award upon the county’s Information Security Program. It has delivered projects in governance, formalized program documentation, technical solutions, incident response, asset management, data management and improved patching process time (from three weeks to one week). The program has a dedicated team for monitoring and response, does outreach to local businesses, and offers the CySAFE self-assessment template and advisory assistance to all U.S. counties.

“Cybersecurity threats are on the rise, and as stewards of some of the public’s most important and sensitive data, it’s more critical than ever that we recognize the government, education and healthcare organizations that are raising the bar when it comes to the best ways to protect that information,” said Teri Takai, executive director of the Center for Digital Government.

The Center for Digital Government also honored CISO Burrows with an individual Cybersecurity Leadership and Innovation Award for his leadership in putting the Information Security Program together.

“I’m proud we were able to come up with solutions that will work,” Burrows said. “We have been able to secure highly sophisticated systems in a short amount of time, and I’m proud that people were open and worked really hard to secure this. It’s a team effort.”

Bertolini said the Information Security Program has changed how the county looks upon information security.

“We live in a world where cybersecurity threats are evolving faster than the technology to safeguard information,” Bertolini said. “Working in collaboration on those security threats helps keep the costs down while staying on the leading edge of new developments.”