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Deborah A. Snyder

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Acting Chief Information Security Officer
NYS Office of Information Technology Services,
Enterprise Information Security Office

Deborah A. Snyder serves as Acting Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the New York State Office of Information Technology Services (ITS). In her role as Acting CISO, she directs the Enterprise Information Security Office’s comprehensive governance, risk management and compliance program. She provides business-aligned strategic leadership and vision, promoting industry standards and risk-based investments to maximize business opportunity and minimize risk.


From November 2001 to November 2012, she served as the Chief Information Security Officer for the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA), where she established and lead the agency’s Information Security Office and comprehensive Information Security Assurance Program. She informed and advised executive management on security governance, risk and compliance, and managed a portfolio of initiatives designed to increase awareness, mitigate risk, optimize protection of information assets and prevent, detect and recover from incidents.


Ms. Snyder has extensive experience in state and local government program administration, information technology and information security services. Prior to serving as the agency’s CISO, Ms. Snyder served as the Director of Human Services Modernization, leading program reform, redesign and system modernization initiatives encompassing multiple agencies and systems, managing state program, IT, and vendor resources to deliver innovative program and technology solutions.


Ms. Snyder is an active participant and contributor to the IT and Information Security community. She has championed efforts to strengthen the State’s information security posture and advance the profession at large. She has served as Co-Chair of the NYS Forum Information Security Work Group, VP of Education for the local ISACA Chapter, and is a member of the Project Management Institute, InfraGard, Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), and the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA). She co-authored the book entitled “SECURE – Insights From The People Who Keep Information Safe,” which offers industry leaderships insights and perspective, and has received recognition for excellence in government information services, and outstanding contributions to the field of information security and cyber security. She is a highly regarded speaker and instructor on topics critical to executive-level business and IT professionals.


Ms. Snyder graduated from the State University of New York at Albany, and holds several industry certifications including Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC), SANS Global Information Assurance Certification in Security Leadership (GIAC GSLC) and Project Management Professional (PMP).


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