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Idaho Names Longtime Cyberprofessional as New CISO

The state has chosen Keith Tresh as its new cybersecurity lead within the Information Technology Services agency. Tresh has substantial government experience at the county, state and federal levels.

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The Idaho Information Technology Services agency has selected Keith Tresh, a longtime cyberprofessional, as its new chief information security officer, the ITS website shows.   

The news comes shortly after former CISO Lance Wyatt announced he would be stepping aside from the role to serve as an information security engineer within the agency.  

Tresh began with ITS Thursday, May 7, confirmed Erin Seaman, assistant to state CIO Greg Zickau.

The incoming cybersecurity lead has substantial experience in government at the state, county and federal levels. A retired U.S. Army Colonel, Tresh describes himself as a "strategic executive with C-level success in strategic planning, capacity/cost projections, IT governance, and BI solutions," according to his LinkedIn profile

He is the former CISO for the state of California, having been appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2011 and remaining in that position until 2013.

Previous to that, he was employed for nearly 12 years with the California National Guard, working initially as a telecommunications manager before serving as the CIO and IT director from 2006 to 2011.  

Between 2014 and 2016, Tresh was CISO for Orange County, Calif., and later served as CIO for the California High-Speed Rail Authority in 2016. He would go on to serve as the commander of the California Cybersecurity Integration Center for Brown's Office of Emergency Services between 2016 and 2018.

Lucas Ropek is a former staff writer for Government Technology.