Published July 20, 2009
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    Interview of Will Pelgrin, New York State Director of Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Coordination

    Will Pelgrin is a CISOs CISO.

    Minnesota Chief Information Security Officer Chris Buse describes Pelgrin - director of New York State's Office of Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Coordination - as "cool testament" to the type of leaders emanating out of state government.

    Pelgrin chairs the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center - MS ISAC - a 50-state consortium that collects information on cyber threats to government and critical infrastructure IT shares that information among the states and local governments. He also served as a member on the Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th Presidency. In New York, he heads the New York State Public/Private Sector Cybersecurity Workgroup that consists of representatives from federal, state and local governments, academia and business and ensures cyber readiness in the state.

    In the first of a two-part interview with, Pelgrin discusses the synergy between safeguarding IT and physical infrastructures and the need for government and business to work together to ensure cybersecurity. In part 2 of the interview, Pelgrin addresses the impact of the recession on government cybersecurity spending and how best to employ social networks securely.

    Pelgrin was interviewed by Eric Chabrow, managing editor of

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