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Glenn Marchi

CIO, Dutchess County, N.Y.

Glenn Marchi
Glenn Marchi has been the commissioner of the Office of Central and Information Services (OCIS) for Dutchess County Government in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., since 2016, but it was the action he took last year on cybersecurity that help propel Dutchess County to first place in the Center for Digital Government* Digital Counties survey. It also helped secure Marchi as one of Government Technology’s Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers.

To protect the county from the growing threat of cyberattacks, Marchi launched into defense mode, first by deploying an intrusion detection system with the Board of Elections and then the entire county. The system provides the county’s cyberteam with around-the-clock alerts and sends email and phone notifications if it detects suspicious activity on the network. Along with that, he implemented disaster recovery mechanisms, knowing that no systems are foolproof

“We implemented a hybrid solution including both cloud and on-premise, as a result of which our resiliency is dramatically improved,” Marchi told Government Technology last year. “We had been using a legacy approach where you go offsite, you carry your tapes with you and build the network from scratch. It was a very tedious approach and it wasn’t responsive at all to our current environment. Now we can recover in hours versus days.”

Marchi also serves as commander of the 56th Area Command, New York Guard, and was a military first responder to the attack on the World Trade Center in 2001. He deployed to Iraq during the Iraq War and was commander of the only battalion that brought all soldiers home alive.

The OCIS serves nearly 300,000 county residents for whom it delivers IT services under Marchi’s leadership. He also is an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut and is on the advisory board for math and computer science at Mercy College.

*The Center for Digital Government is part of e.Republic, Government Technology's parent company.
Jim McKay is the editor of Emergency Management magazine.