Oakland County, Mich., which is home to more than 1.2 million residents in the Detroit area, has announced that Bridget Kravchenko will be its new chief information security officer (CISO) starting May 29, making her the first woman to hold that job.
Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson made the announcement via a press release, praising Kravchenko’s qualifications as “impressive.” Kravchenko (pictured at left) was CISO at Federal-Mogul Motorparts, and she is the chairperson of Michigan InfraGard, which is a public-private partnership with the FBI aimed at bolstering online protections for United States citizens, infrastructure and resources. Prior to her position with Federal-Mogul Motorparts, she held the role of CISO at Meridian Health Plan.
“Information security is one of our highest priorities in the county and we have worked hard to protect the assets with which we are entrusted,” said Oakland County CIO Phil Bertolini. “[Krevchenko] is highly respected and brings a wealth of industry experience, which will help Oakland County continue to be a leader in this area.”
As CISO, Krevchenko will join Oakland County’s information technology department, which is responsible for innovation and tech programs, providing service for all other county government units, as well as local municipalities and other groups that are affiliated with the county. All told, this includes more than 100 local governmental units, more than 50 private-sector customers and more than 1,700 Access Oakland customers. The department — and by extension Krevchenko — is also responsible for more than 150 major tech applications consisting of more than 8,000 programs for which it provides systems support, maintenance, enhancements and new development.
Bertolini said Krevchenko’s experience is invaluable, and she will manage a team of four cybersecurity specialists that will be involved in every aspect of Oakland County’s IT work. Bertolini expects Krevchenko’s experience with public-private partnerships in particular to be a tremendous asset for the department.
“Those public-private partnerships and the ability to leverage resources from multiple entities, that’s paramount to success,” he said.
Krevchenko’s predecessor in the role was Chris Burrows, who worked for Oakland County from 2013 until February of this year, when he stepped down to serve as the senior vice president of security solutions for CBI Cyber Security Solutions, which is based in Ferndale, Mich. Essentially, Bertolini said, Burrows built a “robust and dynamic cybersecurity framework,” with a momentum that someone with Krevchenko’s extensive experience will be able to build upon.
Zack Quaintance is a staff writer for Government Technology. Prior to that, he spent five years working in daily newspapers, and another five years working in the tech sector. He lives in Northern California.