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April 2008

Interview: Arizona CISO David VanderNaalt

The legislation that created Arizona's Statewide Information Security and Privacy Office last August (ARS 41-3507) brought David VanderNaalt home to Phoenix as the state's chief information security officer. One of the former American Express and City of New York CISO's first acts in office was to work with Governor Janet Napolitano's office to develop Executive Order 2008-10, which mandates that state agencies formalize their cybersecurity efforts and mitigate threats against citizens' personal information. DAVID VANDERNAALT How did the executive order come about? The executive order directs every agency to report security incidents to this office; prior to the legislation it was optional. In my first month, we had three reports. I commented to the governor's office through my boss that I thought I should address the cabinet on what I've seen through my first 30 days here, and give them a hint of the things they should be working on. The message came back to me that the governor would prefer that I work with them to develop an ...

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