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State CISO Panych Wins National Leadership Award

California’s chief information security officer “works tirelessly to monitor the security of more than 140 state departments and has onboarded most of those departments to monitor their own internal networks,” says the National Association of State Chief Information Officers.

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California’s chief information security officer, Vitaliy Panych, was honored this week with a national award for cybersecurity leadership.

Vitaliy Panych.
Vitaliy Panych
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The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) chose Panych as the winner of the 2022 Thomas M. Jarrett State Cybersecurity Leadership Award. The program was created to honor Thomas M. Jarrett, who was NASCIO president in 2004-2005. The award is intended to acknowledge Jarrett for his passion for cybersecurity, and it’s given to CISOs for exceptional accomplishments in their field.

Panych was nominated by state Chief Information Officer Liana Bailey-Crimmins.

Panych “is responsible for protecting the largest collection of digital information assets in the country, experiencing more than 400 million malicious probes daily,” NASCIO’s statement said. “He works tirelessly to monitor the security of more than 140 state departments and has onboarded most of those departments to monitor their own internal networks. He expanded the California Department of Technology Security Operations Center, which operates under his purview performing log management implemented in a cloud-based, FedRAMP-compliant, scalable and redundant environment.”

In addition, the organization noted Panych’s role in developing California’s first information security road map, Cal-Secure, “which provides a best-practices path to increase security maturity for every entity and outlines centralized and scalable information security governance and technical capabilities to achieve target goals and objectives.

The organization added: “Additionally, Vitaliy created the Information Security Leadership Academy, which integrates core government leadership, business risk management, cybersecurity knowledge, skills and abilities training for a comprehensive curriculum. He is also responsible for the California Cybersecurity Education Summit that gathers leaders from across California to stay ahead of cyber threats.”

The cybersecurity summit, presented by Government Technology*, will include a full roster of information security professionals from the public and private sectors, including Panych and his predecessor, former state CISO Peter Liebert. The event will be Oct. 20 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento; details and registration information can be found online.

*Government Technology and Industry Insider — California are part of e.Republic.
Dennis Noone is Executive Editor of Industry Insider. He is a career journalist, having worked as a reporter and editor at small-town newspapers and major metropolitan dailies in California, Nevada, Texas and Virginia, including as an editor with USA Today in Washington, D.C. He lives in Northern California.