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Nebraska Hires New State Information Security Officer

Patrick Wright has been selected to serve as the state’s permanent information security officer, replacing Chris Hobbs, who is now serving as the director of IT for the Diocese of Lincoln, Neb.

Patrick Wright has been named Nebraska’s new information security officer, moving into state government from the private sector.

Wright, who started the new role July 13, formerly worked in enterprise security operations at Farmers Mutual Insurance. He moved into the office previously held by Chris Hobbs, who now serves as director of IT for the Diocese of Lincoln, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Wright “is working directly with and is part of the enterprise Risk Mitigation and Compliance team,” said Holly West, public information officer for the Nebraska Office of the CIO.

Wright graduated from Southern New Hampshire University in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in information technology.

Hobbs had served in the position since 2012.

Skip Descant writes about smart cities, the Internet of Things, transportation and other areas. He spent more than 12 years reporting for daily newspapers in Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana and California. He lives in downtown Yreka, Calif.