Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has appointed Mark Weatherford of Colorado Springs, CO, Executive Officer for the Office of Information Security and Privacy Protection. He has served as chief information security officer for the state of Colorado since 2005.

Prior to this appointment by Colorado Governor Bill Owens in 2005 and reappointment by Governor Bill Ritter in 2007, Weatherford served as an information assurance program manager with the Raytheon Company where he worked on programs with the Department of Defense. From 2003 to 2004, he served as an information security consultant for Rohrbach Group Incorporated and, prior to that, he was a security operations center director for Raytheon from 2001 to 2002.

He served as a cryptologic officer in the U.S. Navy from 1988 to 2001 and, from 1999 to 2001, served as chief information security operations officer at the Fleet Information Warfare Center. Weatherford is a Certified Information Security Manager and a Certified Information System Security Professional. He is a member of the Information System Security Association, Information Systems Audit and Control Association and InfraGard. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $128,000.