Ronald Buchanan named new Chief Information Security Officer

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State Chief Information Officer and Washington Technology Services (WaTech) Director Jim Weaver named Ronald Buchanan as the state Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), who will start on January 22. Ron brings more than 20 years of global information security experience to WaTech with deep expertise managing cyber security, developing and leading high-performing teams, and managing risk and compliance in heavily regulated environments.

Currently, Ron is the Chief Information Risk Officer and IT Director, Information Security and Privacy Office, for the Oregon Health Authority and Department of Human Services. Previously he worked as the Director of Special Investigations and Threat Analysis for Pearson VUE and as a Senior Cyber Security Advisor with Battelle supporting the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) division. Additionally he was a federal Special Agent focused on cybercrime and counterintelligence investigations and operations; a forensic examiner with the Defense Computer Forensics Laboratory; and is a retired veteran having served with the West Virginia Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve.

“Ron is an experienced information security professional who has the depth of expertise needed to build on the important work the Office of CyberSecurity does to safeguard the personal information of Washington state residents,” Weaver said. “I look forward to working with Ron.”

As state CISO, Ron will oversee the state Office of CyberSecurity. He takes over for Scott Bream, who has served as the acting state CISO since July 2018.