Erik Avakian

Chief Information Security Officer, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Erik Avakian was named Chief Information Security Officer for the commonwealth in June 2010.

Erik joined the commonwealth in 2005 and became deputy CISO in 2007. He has over 15 years experience in securing enterprise-level environments and is an expert in reducing risk and mapping security to the business. He has extensive experience in security governance, risk management, compliance and incident response and remediation. As CISO, Erik is responsible for establishing enterprise security strategy, standards, controls, and security policies and leads the Enterprise Information Security Office, which defends against cyber attacks, reduces the commonwealth’s vulnerability to cyber attacks, and minimize damage and recovery time from attacks if and when they occur.

Erik holds numerous industry certifications including Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified Information Security Auditor (CISA), GIAC Security Essentials Certification (GSEC) and is ITIL v3 certified. He is an active member of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) Security & Privacy Committee, the SANS State Advisory Board, the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC2), the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC), and the Pennsylvania Criminal Intelligence Center (PaCIC).

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Event Information

Thursday, May 22, 2014

7:30AM - 2:00PM

FREE for government and military attendees

Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel
999 Ninth Street NW
Washington, DC 20001