Governor Malloy names Chief Cyber Security Risk Officer

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – Governor Malloy has appointed a Simsbury man to serve in the newly created position of the state’s Chief Cyber Security Risk Officer.

“As technology expands into every segment of our lives and creates greater convenience and ease, it also brings a new set of challenges and risks, and that includes essential functions such as our public utility systems. This position of Chief Cyber Security Risk Officer will serve as a leader for the state who will coordinate the work responsible for enhancing Connecticut’s cybersecurity posture, and safeguarding our cyber systems and critical infrastructure in an ever-evolving threat landscape,” Governor Malloy said. “We want to be a national leader in these efforts, and we are moving forward in a way that will allow us to be prepared for any contingency and safeguard our residents from cybersecurity threats to critical infrastructure.”

“I appreciate Governor Malloy’s leadership to strengthen Connecticut’s ability to address our growing array of cybersecurity threats,” House said. “The risks are increasingly diverse and dangerous. Improving our defenses will require broad support, partnerships and cooperation. I look forward to working with all stakeholders on this important task.”

Since 2012, House has served as Chair of the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, and has played a role in developing the state’s cybersecurity plan. Before joining PURA, he served as Chief of the Communications Group for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, a combat support agency of the U.S. Department of Defense. He also served as Director of Communications at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and Senior Vice President of Public Affairs at Webster Bank.

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