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Dan Lohrman

Dan Lohrmann

Contributing Writer

Daniel J. Lohrmann is an internationally recognized cybersecurity leader, technologist, keynote speaker and author.

During his distinguished career, Dan has served global organizations in the public and private sectors in a variety of executive leadership capacities, receiving numerous national awards including: CSO of the Year, Public Official of the Year and Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader.

Lohrmann led Michigan government’s cybersecurity and technology infrastructure teams from May 2002 – August 2014, including enterprise-wide Chief Security Officer (CSO), Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) roles in Michigan. He works with cybersecurity technology companies to provide insights and long-term strategic support. Dan is a Senior Fellow with the Center for Digital Government and a contributor to Government Technology magazine. He has advised senior leaders at the White House, National Governors Association (NGA), National Association of State CIOs (NASCIO), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), federal, state and local government agencies, Fortune 500 companies, small businesses and non-profit institutions.

Dan has more than 30 years of experience in the computer industry, beginning his career with the National Security Agency. He worked for three years in England as a senior network engineer for Lockheed Martin (formerly Loral Aerospace) and for four years as a technical director for ManTech International in a U.S./UK military facility. He has been a keynote speaker at global security and technology conferences from South Africa to Dubai and from Washington D.C. to Moscow.

Dan currently serves as Field CISO for the public sector at Presidio. He is the co-author of Cyber Mayday and the Day After: A Leader's Guide to Preparing, Managing, and Recovering from Inevitable Business Disruptions, published by Wiley in November, 2021. He is also the author of two earlier books: Virtual Integrity: Faithfully Navigating the Brave New Web and BYOD For You: The Guide to Bring Your Own Device to Work.

Lohrmann holds a Master's Degree in Computer Science (CS) from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, and a Bachelor's Degree in CS from Valparaiso University in Indiana.

Follow Dan on Twitter at: @govcso

Dan’s award-winning blog:

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The National Association of State Chief Information Officers held their 2023 Midyear Conference in National Harbor, Md., this past week. Here are some top takeaways from the program and state leadership conversations.   
Yes, generative AI stole the show at RSA Conference 2023 in San Francisco last week. Here’s a roundup of the top news from the biggest cybersecurity conference in the world.
When Bill Vajda, the Wyoming CIO in 2022, suddenly left his role in January of this year, few knew the real reason why. Here's the rest of the story.
As a keynote speaker and multiday attendee at Europe’s largest cybersecurity conference, here are some of my top takeaways from a thought-provoking, global event with a distinctly European flare.
From Lloyd’s of London to the new National Cybersecurity Strategy, the future of cyber insurance is evolving fast. What do you need to watch?
Becoming resilient is key to a secure organization. Here are four ways to fend off disruptive cyber attacks before they start.
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