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IT Professional of the Year 2016

And the winner is...  Chris Burrows, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for Oakland County
2016 IT Professional of the Year 

This year’s awardee is Chris Burrows, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for Oakland County.  In his position, Mr. Burrows is responsible for information security, compliance (HIPAA, PCI DSS, CJIS), technology risk management, business continuity and information life cycle management. He created the first IT Risk and Security Program at Oakland County in 2013.  His innovative thinking and leadership also extends to all those in local and state government levels.  Mr. Burrows provides leadership and  guidance and has performed as a security advocate for other Michigan counties, including Washtenaw, Wayne, Macomb, Livingston and Monroe counties,  looking to build or enhance their IT security maturity.

Mr. Burrows is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP),  a Certified Project Manager and is ITIL certified.  Burrows recently earned his Global Industrial  Cyber Security Professional (GICSP) and has completed SANS SEC561:  Immersive Hands-on Hacking Techniques as well as SANS SEC 575:  Mobile Device Security and Ethical Hacking.  Chris shares his ongoing learning about current cyber security issues with various organizations through easy to understand presentations. Some of his 2016 presentations include “CySafe for Business”, West Michigan Cyber Security Consortium in Grand Rapids, “Bringing SANS Cyber Training to Michigan”, Pontiac,  ITSEC Panel Discussion, NACo Legislative Conference, Washington DC,  “Training Our Future Workforce”, Oakland County Schools, Waterford,  ITSEC Panel Discussion, Merit Member Meeting, Ann Arbor, “Risk Management”, Evanta, Detroit.  Additionally Chris works with local universities regarding relevant content to include in their cyber security programs and has started creating his own course called “Current Issues in Cyber Security” which is slated to be offered as Walsh College in the fall of 2016.


Besides his professional opportunities,  Burrows is significantly involved in numerous volunteer groups.  His involvement includes:   Team Leader for Section 9 (5 SE Michigan counties) of the Michigan Cyber Civilian Corps, a groups of trained cyber experts who individually volunteer to provide expert assistance to the state in times of emergency, Government Sector Leader for the State of Michigan for InfraGard, a partnership between the FBI and private sector persons representing business, academic institutions, state and local law enforcement agencies dedicated to sharing information and intelligence to prevent hostile acts against the U.S., Member of the CSO Kitchen Cabinet, a group  of ITSEC public and private organization CISOs who meet monthly to discuss current trends and issues relating to cyber security, and CISO Governing Body Member for Evanta where he is a discussion leader multiple times per year with focus on specific best of breed solutions identified by the Governing Body – most recently was a discussion on Risk Management at Ford Field in Detroit.  Mr. Burrows provides leadership and guidance and continues to perform as a security advocate for Oakland and other Michigan counties, including Washtenaw, Wayne, Macomb, Livingston and Monroe counties.