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State CIO Bailey-Crimmins to Headline Security Event

The state’s information security road map, Cal-Secure, will be a key focus of Thursday’s gathering in Sacramento.

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California’s chief information officer and technology leader, Liana Bailey-Crimmins, will be the featured speaker Thursday at a Cal-Secure Security Briefing in Sacramento.

Liana Bailey-Crimmins.
Security experts from the private sector will deliver a security briefing focused on architectures and outcomes, offering “practical guidance focused on results” in compliance with federal and state mandates; managing the tension between IT operations and security; zero trust; and available federal and state funding for IT.

Cal-Secure is the state’s information security maturity road map.

Bailey-Crimmins was named state CIO in June, elevated from the role of state chief technology officer. She had previously served as CISO for the California Public Employees’ Retirement System from 2019 to 2021, following her tenure in CalPERS as chief health director from 2017 to 2019 and CIO from 2013 to 2017. Bailey-Crimmins also served as CIO for California Correctional Health Care Services from 2010 to 2013, after having served as deputy CIO from 2008 to 2010. Prior to that, she had been chief of infrastructure services for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and a data processing manager of network operations for the California Youth Authority.

In addition to Bailey-Crimmins, speakers at the event include:
  • Dan Lohrmann, Presidio’s field chief information security officer (CISO). Lohrmann is a Senior Fellow with the Center for Digital Government and a contributor to Government Technology magazine.* He has advised senior leaders at the White House; the National Governors Association; the National Association of State CIOs; the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; multiple federal, state and local government agencies; Fortune 500 companies; small businesses; and nonprofit institutions. He has more than 30 years of experience in the computer industry.
  • Bruce Brody, CISO adviser for Cisco and a cybersecurity and risk management subject matter expert. In his LinkedIn profile, Brody notes that he was the first executive-level CISO at the departments of Veterans Affairs and Energy, and more recently served as CISO for Cubic Corp. and DRS Technologies. Brody has been with Cisco for about a year and a half. He is also a member of the board of the National Technology Security Coalition and serves on the Cybersecurity Committee of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA).
  • Steve Riley, field CTO for Netskope. Another veteran of the technology industry, Riley has been Netskope’s field CTO for about a year and a half. He is a member of the Forbes Technology Council and has been a lecturer at the University of Washington’s Institute of Technology.

The daylong event begins at 8 a.m., and the opening keynote address will be at 8:30. Three sessions will follow before lunch, which begins at noon and which includes a panel conversation moderated by George Akiyama, the CIO and deputy director of the California Department of Transportation. The event, presented by Presidio, Cisco and Netskope, concludes at 1:30.

More information and a registration link are available online.

*The Center for Digital Government, Government Technology magazine 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.