In August 2014, Deborah (Debbi) Blyth became the state’s new Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), bringing a diverse background including 14 years of information security experience. As the CISO, she serves as the point of contact for all information security initiatives in Colorado, informing the Secretary of Technology & Chief Information Officer and executive agency leadership on security risks and impacts of policy and management decisions on IT-related initiatives. Together with her team, she is responsible for determining the strategic and tactical security direction for the State to meet established objectives, and has won multiple national awards for the multi-year plan called Secure Colorado.
Debbi brings a desire for building collaborative working relationships, and a highly praised leadership style. Before joining OIT, Debbi spent five years as an Executive Director at TeleTech leading the Information Security and IT Compliance program. Among her many achievements, Debbi built the business case and led a two-year effort to evolve and mature the information security program.
As the Information Technology Security and Compliance Manager at Travelport, Debbi was responsible for establishing and managing a global enterprise information security and compliance program. During her 19-year tenure, Debbi led the endeavor to achieve compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) for the company’s first time in 2007.
Debbi earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Regis University, graduating Summa Cum Laude while working full time. Calling herself a native even though she wasn’t born in Colorado, she loves all things Colorado, including the mountains, the sports teams, the weather, and especially the people! She is truly passionate about information security, and is very enthusiastic about this opportunity to perform her career calling in service to the residents of the state that she loves.