AGENCY OF DIGITAL SERVICES HIRES CHIEF INFORMATION SECURITY OFFICER
Montpelier, Vt. – Governor Phil Scott and the Vermont Agency of Digital Services (ADS) today announced the hiring of Nicholas Andersen as the Agency’s Chief Information Security Officer (CISO).
Andersen brings 12 years of cybersecurity experience to this position. Since 2017, he served as a vice president at Invictus International Consulting, LLC and co-founder of Pueo Business Solutions, LLC. In those roles, he assisted with information assurance and cybersecurity in partnership with the Defense Intelligence Agency, Federal Aviation Administration, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Army, Coast Guard, and Navy, and the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Cyber Command.
In 2018, Andersen received the U.S. Government Information Security Leadership Award for his work in penetration testing, incident response, and risk and vulnerability assessment services across the federal government.
“Nick’s experience in government and private industry, as well as his strategic, policy and operations experience make him an exceptional fit for the job,” said ADS Secretary John Quinn. “His skillset and experiences will benefit our ongoing security initiatives, as well as promote additional innovative initiatives. We look forward to his arrival.”
Prior to his tenure at Invictus, Andersen served as chief information officer (CIO) and senior cyber risk executive for U.S. Naval Intelligence, CIO and senior cyber risk executive for the U.S. Coast Guard Intelligence, and chief of engineering at the U.S. Coast Guard Telecommunications and Information Systems Command.
“Nick will make a great addition to the ADS team and to the Agency’s important work to secure and modernize Vermont’s information technology services,” said Governor Phil Scott. “His background and expertise in this area is a tremendous asset for the Agency and our state.”
Andersen earned a B.S. in Information Technology Management from American Public University System in 2011 and an M.S. in Information Security and Assurance from Western Governors University in 2014.
Andersen, who started this month, replaced interim CISO Scott Carbee, who will remain on the Agency’s security team.