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State of Minnesota Appoints CISO

“Minnesota’s whole-of-state approach is critical to protecting the information of our citizens, residents, and visitors and keeping systems running,” said Minnesota CIO Tarek Tomes
Joshua Koszalkowski
Contributing Writer
Minnesota

The Minnesota IT Services Agency (MNIT) has named John Israel its full-time Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). Israel had been serving the State’s IT services agency as CSIO on an interim basis since October. Israel will also serve as assistant commissioner of MNIT, where he will be responsible for leading cyber teams in the executive branch.

Longtime Minnesota cyber official is promoted to full-time CISO role.

Israel has a long history with MNIT. He first joined the agency in 2008 as a Forensic Lead where he spent 10 years, then he moved to Interim Security Operations Manager, followed by a two-and-a-half-year tenure as Information Security Officer, and served as Interim Deputy Chief Information Security Officer for three and a half years, which evolved into a full-time role.

“Minnesota’s whole-of-state approach is critical to protecting the information of our citizens, residents, and visitors and keeping systems running,” said Minnesota CIO Tarek Tomes, who leads MNIT and chairs the cyber planning board. “John Israel has experience bringing together all levels of government, critical industry, and public institutions to ensure that cybersecurity is embedded into the work we do to serve Minnesotans.”


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