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Gatewood Out as Georgia CISO, Allen Steps Into the Role

Though details are vague, the state has replaced the name of former CISO Stanton Gatewood on its website with that of David Allen, who comes from the Georgia Army National Guard's IT leadership.

Stanton Gatewood, Georgia’s chief information security officer, appears to have stepped down and been replaced.

The Georgia Technology Authority (GTA) has updated its leadership page, replacing Gatewood’s name with that of new CISO David Allen. Meanwhile AMR Management Services, which provides support to professional associations, tweeted on April 9 that “@NASCIO hasn't been the same since this superstar CISO for @georgiagov retired from the Peach State!”

Gatewood’s LinkedIn profile still lists him as Georgia’s CISO; however, Allen’s profile says he started as the state’s CISO in April.

The state has not put out an official announcement about the move, and a spokesperson for the GTA did not immediately return an email requesting details.

Gatewood was appointed CISO in February 2016 after a career in cybersecurity spanning more than three decades. During his time with the state, Georgia built a massive cybersecurity center. In 2018, Government Technology named Gatewood to its annual Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers list.

Allen comes to the state after more than nine years with the Georgia Army National Guard, where he served as chief technology officer and chief of cybersecurity, according to his GTA bio.

Ben Miller is the associate editor of data and business for Government Technology. His reporting experience includes breaking news, business, community features and technical subjects. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno, and lives in Sacramento, Calif.