State of Illinois fills long-vacant CISO position

After nearly three years without a full-time CISO, the State of Illinois taps long-time public servant Kirk Lonbom.


The State of Illinois has hired Kirk Lonbom as Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), a position that had been either open or occupied part-time for three years, according to a post on Government Technology.

In his new role, Lonbom "leads a statewide transformative cyber security strategy in support of Governor Bruce Rauner’s Turnaround Agenda," writes Hardik Bhatt, CIO for the State of Illinois in an article on LinkedIn announcing the hire. "Kirk provides leadership and oversight in the strategic planning, execution, and assessment of all statewide information and cyber security strategies, policies, procedures and guiding practices to be implemented by all Executive Branch State agencies."

Lonbom is a long-time public servant, having started his career as a police officer, and, as Bhatt notes "ultimately specializing in criminal intelligence focusing on organized criminal groups and terrorism." Most recently Lonbom served for five years for as Chief Information Officer/Chief of Technology at the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. Before that, he spent seven years as Deputy Chief Information Officer for the Illinois State Police.

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