Developing a Cybersecurity Strategy

Friday, Dec. 15

Developing a Cybersecurity Strategy

CSG Policy Workshop

Technology is constantly changing and evolving. In tandem, cybersecurity threats are evolving and becoming more sophisticated—and states are under attack. This session will explore several proven ways that your state can be more prepared to face the cybersecurity threat from both an offensive and a defensive position.

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  • Doug Robinson, Executive Director, National Association of State Chief Information Officers

  • Alex Pettit, Chief Information Officer, Oregon

  • Senator Chuck Riley, Oregon 

Speaker Biographies

Alex Z. Pettit

Chief Information Officer, Oregon

Pettit was appointed chief information officer in January 2014, and serves at the pleasure of Gov. Kate Brown. Pettit earned his Doctorate of Philosophy in Information Sciences from the University of North Texas. Prior to joining the state of Oregon, Pettit was appointed the first chief information officer for the state of Oklahoma in 2010 and served as the cabinet secretary of information technology and telecommunications until December 2013. He was responsible for all information technology and telecommunications systems for all state agencies under the provisions of the Oklahoma Information Services Act, consolidating all IT services in the state and supervising the activities of 1,500 IT professionals.  

Doug Robinson

Executive Director, National Association of State Chief Information Officers

Representing state CIOs and information technology executives, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers, or NASCIO, is the premier network and resource for state CIOs and an advocate for information technology at all levels of government. NASCIO provides state CIOs and members with products and services designed to support the challenging role of the state CIO, stimulate the exchange of information and promote the adoption of IT best practices and innovations. Robinson is responsible for the overall executive leadership of the association including strategic planning, policy execution, government affairs, strategic alliances and emerging issues.

Sen. Chuck Riley


Riley enlisted in the Air Force, where he broke codes and helped design Air Force One. When he moved to Oregon, he held a position as a systems analyst before opening his own computer consulting business. He was elected to serve District 29 in the Oregon House of Representatives in November 2004 and elected to represent Senate District 15 in November 2014. He serves as chair of the newly created Senate General Government and Accountability Committee and co-chair of the Joint Committee on Information Management and Technology. Riley sits on the Senate Business and Transportation Committee; the Senate Finance and Revenue Committee; the Joint Committee on Legislative Audits; and the Joint Committee on Tax Reform.