About the Speaker
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    Steve Hodges
    CISO, State of Georgia

    Steve Hodges serves as the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the State of Georgia, where he leads the charge in safeguarding critical digital assets and infrastructure against cyber threats. With a career spanning more than three decades in information technology and cybersecurity, Steve brings a great deal of experience and expertise to his role.

    Before assuming his current position, Steve held various leadership roles in both the public and private sectors, honing his skills in risk management, compliance, and incident response. Prior to becoming the State Chief Information Security Officer, Steve served as the Disclosure Officer and senior IT Security Manager for the Department of Revenue.

    During his nearly 22-year tenure at the Department Revenue, he served in a variety of roles: Server Platform Manager, Network Support and Security Manager, IT Operations Manager, Database Support Manager, and Disclosure. In addition to cybersecurity, he also was responsible for business continuity planning and disaster recovery planning. Prior to joining the Department of Revenue. Steve worked at the Department of Administrative Services, beginning as a contractor and later becoming a state employee.

    Throughout his career, Steve has been involved in information security. Early in his career, he worked with a talented group of people to develop one of the first commercially marketed disk encryption and access control system for early IBM-compatible computers. He has experience with a wide variety of information technology systems and configurations.

    Steve lives in the North Georgia mountains with his wife and children.