Michigan cyber chief to also serve as state CIO

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Monday that Laura Clark, the state’s chief security officer, will take on the added role of chief information officer, settling a vacancy created earlier this month by the resignation of Brom Stibitz.

Clark, a longtime state-government employee, was named to the security job in February, putting her in charge of Michigan’s cybersecurity and infrastructure-protection programs. Among the initiatives she’s overseen are the launch of a smartphone app called Michigan Secure, which gives users alerts if their phones are connected to unsecured networks; workforce cyber hygiene trainings; and a volunteer incident-response team known as the Michigan Civilian Cyber Corps.

Michigan Chief Security Officer Laura Clark (State of Michigan)

“Laura’s leadership plays a key role in keeping state employees safe online and helps them focus on getting things done for families,” Whitmer said in a press release.

Clark last week also led the Michigan Cybersecurity Summit, an annual state-government event, which featured remarks from her predecessor, Chris DeRusha, who is now the federal chief information security officer.

Stibitz announced Oct. 1 that he was leaving state government to become the lead internal operations and compliance officer at the Michigan Employees’ Retirement System, a privately run benefits administrator for the state’s public-sector workers. At the time, Stibitz also served as director of the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget, a Cabinet-level role in charge of a sprawling agency responsible for the state’s IT, procurement and budgeting processes.

While the CIO and DTMB posts have sometimes been linked, Whitmer on Monday also appointed Michelle Lange, a deputy in the department, as its acting director. Lange has also served as chief operating officer in Whitmer’s office and as a legislative liaison for Whitmer’s predecessor, Rick Snyder.

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