13 receive 2017 Cybersecurity Innovation and Leadership Award

The Center for Digital Government recognized 13 entities for their cybersecurity-related contributions Oct. 12.

As part of the seventh annual Cybersecurity Leadership and Innovation Awards — underwritten by McAfee — state and local governments, education and healthcare organizations and leaders were honored for their use of creativity, leadership and technology.

"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. 

Here are the 13 award winners, organized by category.

State Government Category

1. State of Arizona, Security Program

2. Leadership/Innovators: Russell Walker, chief technology officer, Mississippi Secretary of State

County Government Category

3. Oakland County, Mich., Information Security Program 

4. Leadership/Innovators: Christopher Burrows, chief information security officer, Oakland County, Mich.

City Government Category

5. City and county of Denver, Colo., 2016 Elections

6. Leadership/Innovators: Timothy Lee, chief information security officer, city of Los Angeles

7. Leadership/Innovators: John MacMichael, chief information security officer, City of Washington, D.C., Office of the Chief Technology Officer 

Healthcare Category

8. Leadership/Innovators: Damian Chung, EdD, senior director of cybersecurity engineering and development, San Francisco-based Dignity Health

9. Leadership/Innovators: Ron Cherry, chief information security officer, Cincinnati-based Mercy Health Partners

Education Category

10. Houston Independent School District, Privacy, Safety & Security

11. Leadership/Innovators: Paul Yoder, information security specialist, Torrance, Calif.-based El Camino Community College District 

Special Award

12. Innovation: Jacksonville, Fla.-based JEA Bulk Electric System

13. Innovation: City of El Mirage, Ariz., Information Technology Department

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