Transform Hawaii Government presents talk story on ‘Securing Hawaii State IT’

Oct 16 2018

HONOLULU — Transform Hawaii Government (THG) invites the public to another thought-provoking discussion as part of its free speaker series exploring government transformation.

“Securing Hawaii State IT: Defending Against Cyber Threats” will feature State of Hawaii Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Vincent Hoang on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, from 8 to 9:30 a.m., at Bishop Square’s Pauahi Tower, 8th Floor, at 1003 Bishop St. in Honolulu. THG is presenting the event in partnership with the State of Hawaii Office of Enterprise Technology Services and Rep. Jarrett Keohokalole.

“October is Cyber Security Awareness Month, so we have invited the State of Hawaii’s top IT security officer to share how our state government is taking steps to secure its data and IT infrastructure, as well as offer tips so Hawaii residents can do their part in mounting a strong defense in the cyber realm,” said Christine Sakuda, THG executive director. “As with our other speaker series events, the goal of the talk is to promote private-public dialog around key state government transformation efforts.”

A resident of Windward Oahu, CISO Vincent Hoang leads the Office of Enterprise Technology Services’ Cyber Security Program and is responsible for securing state government information resources and infrastructure. He brings 20 years’ experience in developing and implementing effective information technology strategies, including the application of cybersecurity, network management, and systems design to improve business outcomes. Previously an enterprise architect for Hawaiian Telcom, senior systems consultant for Bank of Hawaii and a security engineer for Munger, Tolles and Olson in Los Angeles, Hoang holds a wide variety of technical competencies and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) Systems and Network Auditor (GSNA), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and Systems Auditor (CISA).

“Our cyber security program provides solutions and services that protect and preserve the integrity of the state’s IT infrastructure,” Hoang said. “By forming partnerships and encouraging collaboration, we can serve as a centralized resource, providing cyber security leadership and expertise for the state.”

“The Legislature approved the position of chief information security officer in recognition of the importance of maintaining a strong cyber defense,” said Rep. Keohokalole. “It is our hope that interested individuals will take away with them a greater understanding of how the state is safeguarding data and resources entrusted to its keeping, and what they can do themselves at home or their workplace to protect themselves.”

The deadline to register is Oct. 22. Space is limited, so interested individuals are encouraged to register early to reserve their seats. For more information or to reserve a seat, visit

Transform Hawaii Government (THG) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established to promote an open, transparent and responsive Hawaii government. THG advocates improving government business practices through technology to ensure government employees, residents and businesses have convenient and secure access to reliable information and data on demand. THG’s goal is government services that are streamlined, integrated, and delivered in ways that exceed the expectations of the public and the needs of Hawaii’s businesses.

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