New York ITS Names Chris Desain as Information Security Officer

Desain brings more than 20 years of experience to the role. Most recently, he served as the director of the Office of Counter Terrorism Cyber Incident Response team within the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.

The New York State Office of Information Technology Services (ITS) has appointed cybersecurity veteran Chris Desain as the state’s newest chief information security officer.

Desain brings 24 years of experience to the role, including building the New York State Police Cyber Program, crafting FBI Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) regulations and serving as the nation’s first civilian CJIS information security officer.

His most recent experience, though, includes serving as director for the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Office of Counter-Terrorism Cyber Incident Response Team. Before that, he was director of cyber command at ITS, during which he created what is known as the “Red Team” to establish proactive threat response to help ensure timely action and remediation of potential threats and vulnerabilities.

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Chris Desain.