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Washington CISO to Head Cybersecurity for Health-Care System

State CISO Ronald Buchanan stepped down to guide cybersecurity efforts for Oregon-based St. Charles Health System. IT Manager of Security Policy Scott Bream will fill the role until a new CISO arrives in October.

by / September 19, 2019
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Washington state’s CISO Ronald Buchanan has stepped down from his cybersecurity role to work in the health-care sector.

CIO Jim Weaver named Buchanan as the state CISO in January after recruiting him from his position as chief information risk officer and director with the Oregon Health Authority and Department of Human Services.

A WaTech spokeswoman said Buchanan’s last day was Sept. 6 and that IT Security Policy Manager Scott Bream has stepped into an interim role until the newly hired CISO arrives in late October. WaTech officials have not yet made the name of the new CISO public.

Buchanan is now the CISO of the St. Charles Health System based in Bend, Ore., which is the largest provider of medical care in Central Oregon, according to the website. The health-care organization owns and operates medical centers in Bend, Redmond, Prineville and Madras.  

“Ron is an experienced information security professional who has the depth of expertise needed to build on the important work the Office of CyberSecurity does to safeguard the personal information of Washington state residents,” Weaver said in a statement announcing Buchanan’s hiring in January. “I look forward to working with Ron.”

Buchanan started at St. Charles Health System Sept. 9.

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