State of Montana Presents Cybersecurity Lecture at UM May 5

April 29, 2015

Ron Baldwin, chief information officer for the State of Montana, and Lynne Pizzini, deputy CIO and the chief information security officer for the State of Montana.MISSOULA – Cybersecurity presents growing challenges in many aspects of our lives. State government is no exception, with more than 1 billion attempts to gain unauthorized access to its systems each month. 

In a University of Montana lecture titled “State of Montana Cybersecurity from an Enterprise Perspective,” speakers will provide information on how the State of Montana works diligently to protect citizen data and state computer systems in an ever-changing technological environment.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, in Gallagher Business Building Room 123.

Speakers Ron Baldwin, chief information officer for the State of Montana, and Lynne Pizzini, deputy CIO and the chief information security officer for the State of Montana, will provide everyday examples of cybersecurity incidents and will leave time for a Q-and-A session.

Baldwin has spent 30 years managing, designing and building information technology solutions in the government and private sectors. He is a professional project manager who has overseen multi-million dollar budgets and has experience working with the legislative and executive branches of state government and with federal programs. 

Pizzini has more than 25 years of experience in the computer industry and has been involved with many security- and privacy-related initiatives in both the public and private sectors. She is a certified information systems security professional, a certified information security manager and a certified information privacy professional. In her current role she is responsible for evaluating and mitigating risks and developing strategies to protect against cybersecurity threats. 

For more information about the event, email Sherri Davidoff, UM computer science adjunct instructor, at sherri.davidoff@mso.umt.edu.

Contact: Sherri Davidoff, UM computer science adjunct instructor, sherri.davidoff@mso.umt.edu.