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Raimondo announces Rhode Island’s first cybersecurity officer

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WJAR)

Gov. Gina Raimondo on Tuesday announced the appointment of the state’s first cyber security Officer. Mike Steinmetz will serve as the Governor’s principal policy advisor on cyber security and will be charged with developing and implementing a comprehensive state-wide cyber security strategy. Steinmetz will also serve as the state’s homeland security advisor.

Steinmetz comes to the position after having worked for more than a decade on cyber and other security issues in both the private and public sectors. He most recently served as both Director of Strategy and Planning and Director of Governance and Compliance within the Digital Risk and Security Division of National Grid. He also previously served as a Director of Computer Network Operations at the U.S. Department of Defense for three combatant commanders, where he planned and employed special technical operations, and as the Deputy Chief of Staff of a cyber-related organization at the National Security Agency.

Monday was his first day on the job.

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