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Boston appoints first Chief Information Security Officer

Boston also has a new Chief Data Officer, Stefanie Costa Leabo.

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Boston’s Mayor, Martin J. Walsh, has appointed the city’s first Chief Information Security Officer (CISO).

 

Gregory McCarthy will lead the Cybersecurity Team within the Department of Innovation and Technology. This appointment is a promotion for McCarthy, who joined the Boston’s Cybersecurity Team in 2010.

 

Previously, he managed the implementation of numerous information security solutions and helped develop the city’s first cybersecurity awareness programme for employees.

 

In the CISO role, McCarthy will continue to lead efforts to strengthen the cybersecurity capabilities across the city through modernising technology, partnerships and training

 

Mayor Walsh said the CISO appointment “marks a commitment to strengthening efforts to protect the City of Boston’s technology platforms and data from cyber threats".

 

Mayor Walsh said the appointment “marks a commitment to strengthening efforts to protect the City of Boston’s technology platforms and data from cyber threats".

 

“Cybersecurity is something we clearly have to take seriously, and there are always new challenges ahead; a humbling reminder that our work in this field is never done," said McCarthy.

 

"It is an honour to be in this position for the City of Boston, and to have the opportunity to lead the City into a new chapter of maturity in how we protect our systems, data, and constituents.”

 

Chief Data Officer

 

Mayor Walsh also announced the appointment of Stefanie Costa Leabo as the City’s new Chief Data Officer (CDO), to lead the Analytics Team within the Department of Innovation and Technology.

 

Costa Leabo will lead the City’s efforts to use data to solve challenges and make government more effective. She has been working as the Interim Chief Data Officer since May 2018 when she took over from Andrew Therriault. Therriault was appointed as Boston’s first CDO in 2016 and left to join Facebook.

 

Costa Leabo has been a member of the Analytics Team since 2015.

 

Costa Leabo has been a member of the Analytics Team since 2015. She led the development and release of Mayor Walsh’s CityScore initiative, which aggregates key performance metrics to inform the Mayor and city managers about the overall health of the City at a glance. Costa Leabo also facilitated the launch of Boston’s Community Assistance Team pilot programme, which was set up to respond to calls that do not require patient transport, to aid more efficient use of ambulance resources.

 

"It’s an honour to take this position with the City. I’ve had the privilege of helping to shape the growth and development of this team since 2015,” Costa Leabo said. “ I look forward to furthering the mission of my Department; to improve the lives of people who live and work in Boston through the use of data.”

 

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