For Immediate Release
July 7, 2011
Texas Comptroller Announces New Hires in Information Privacy and Security
Includes New Position of Chief Privacy Officer
(AUSTIN) — Texas Comptroller Susan Combs announced she has hired Elizabeth Rogers to be the agency's first Chief Privacy Officer, a position that will help the agency be proactive in information privacy.
“Elizabeth has the experience, know-how and commitment to help ensure that a major data issue does not happen again here. She is one of a number of new professional personnel who will come on board this summer as we develop and implement new plans and procedures,” Combs said. “With technological advances, privacy and information protection is becoming a larger part of the realm of all levels of government as well as the private sector. I am committed to enhancing information privacy at my agency and in Texas.”
Rogers will be in charge of designing and updating privacy standards; performing risk reviews to identify exchanges of personally identifiable information between the agency and other entities or individuals; identifying new privacy risks and developing mitigation strategies; and collaborating with chief privacy officers at the state and federal level on privacy related initiatives.
“The Chief Privacy Officer will not only be responsible for continuous reviews and enhancements of the agency's information protection, but will also keep agency leadership apprised of privacy trends,” Combs said. “It is very important for us to be able to stay on top of information privacy and security issues as governments, individuals and companies increase reliance on information technology as part of routine daily activity.”
The Comptroller also announced the hiring of Jesse Rivera as the agency’s Chief Information Security Officer. He will oversee information technology security and risk assessment; direct cyber security audits and ensure technologies are in place to reduce risks of attacks; and work on network security architecture based on the agency’s business needs and security regulations.
Elizabeth Rogers has more than two decades of legal experience. She joins the Comptroller's office from Resources Global Professionals, where she was the Director of Legal and Regulatory Client Services. Prior to that, she served as General Counsel of the State Bar of Texas and previously worked for the Attorney General's office for more than seven years and was also in private practice.
Jesse Rivera has 20-plus years of cyber security experience. He has served as information security officer at General Electric and Clear Channel Communications and spent nearly five years with the Central Intelligence Agency. More recently, he was the Chief Information Security officer for the University of Texas-Pan American.
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