7/12/2011 2:54 PM
Comptroller Susan Combs announced last week that she has hired a Chief Privacy Officer and a Chief Information Security Officer to augment her staff. These new hires are another step in a series of actions Combs is taking to fix highly-publicized leaks of personnel information from state computer systems. These hires come shortly after some in the press raked Combs over the coals for hiring a policy advisor who had political experience.
Combs hired Elizabeth Rogers as chief privacy officer. Rogers has more than two decades of legal experience, including work in the private sector at at the Texas Attorney General's office.
“The Chief Privacy Officer will not only be responsible for continuous reviews and enhancements of the agency's information protection, but will also keep agency leadership apprised of privacy trends,” Combs said. “It is very important for us to be able to stay on top of information privacy and security issues as governments, individuals and companies increase reliance on information technology as part of routine daily activity.”
Combs hired Jesse Rivera as chief information security officer. Rivera has more than 20 years experience in data security, including a stint at the Central Intelligence Agency.