Otter appoints new information security director

Posted at 12:11 PM, Jun 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-12 14:11:25-04

Idaho Governor "Butch" Otter has appointed the state's first information security director to enforce statewide cybersecurity policies.

Otter announced Monday he had appointed 44-year-old Jeffrey Weak, a veteran U.S. Air Force information technology and cybersecurity office, to the position.

The appointment follows an executive order Otter signed in January implementing recommendations from a Cybersecurity Task Force the Republican governor created in 2015. The task force, led by Lt. Gov. Brad Little, recommended appointing a director of information security to lead efforts to detect, identify and thwart cyberattacks against the state

The Idaho Legislature has already allocated $180,000 to the position. Weak will take over his new role Aug. 1.

(by Associated Press)