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Maryland Gov. Hogan appoints state and local cybersecurity directors

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Written byOct 5, 2022 STATESCOOP

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Tuesday made appointments for two new positions developing cybersecurity policy across state and local governments.

The new directors of state and local cybersecurity will be responsible for building out policies to secure IT systems and data across their respective purviews. Both roles were created in a package of cybersecurity legislation Hogan signed in May.

Hogan named John A. Bruns, a former chief information security officer in Howard County, a suburban area between Washington and Baltimore, as director of state cybersecurity. In that position, Bruns will work with statewide agencies to “solidify and secure” state IT. He’ll also work with the state chief information security officer, Chip Stewart, on developing and standardizing information security policy across the executive branch in Annapolis, according to a press release from Hogan’s office.

Bruns was named Howard County’s CISO in early 2020 after several years as an IT project manager for the county government. He’s also been a consultant to the Maryland State Department of Education.

Hogan named Netta Squires, an emergency management specialist, as the director of local cybersecurity. Squires is tasked with working closely with the Maryland Department of Emergency Management on assisting county and municipal governments with their cybersecurity incident planning. She’ll also have a key role in overseeing the funds Maryland receives from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s new cyber grant program, Hogan’s office said.

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