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C.L. "BUTCH" OTTER
GOVERNOR

NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 12, 2017
17:034

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AIR FORCE CYBER VETERAN NAMED STATE DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION SECURITY

(BOISE) – Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter announced the appointment today of Jeffery Weak, a veteran U.S. Air Force information technology and cybersecurity officer, to become Idaho’s first State director of Information Security.

Weak, 44, is retiring as a lieutenant colonel after a 20-year military career that included stints as chief of information security for a strategic NATO base in Germany and for multi-national forces deployed in Iraq. He most recently was chief of the IT/Cyber Portfolio Management Branch at Air Force headquarters in the Pentagon. Weak has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Idaho, a master’s degree in management from Troy State University in Alabama, and advanced Air Force leadership and technical training.

“With his impressive experience and proven leadership abilities, Colonel Weak brings tremendous assets to this new role,” Governor Otter said. “I’m confident he will provide the cutting-edge knowledge and real-world judgment the State of Idaho needs to address the kind of technological threats facing us all – from cyberterrorist attacks to criminals using ‘ransomware’ hacks to extort our businesses and government entities.”

Weak has retained Idaho residency since his years at the University of Idaho and will soon be moving from Fairfax Station, Virginia, to the Boise area.

“I am committed to making Governor Otter’s vision on cybersecurity a reality,” Weak said. “Through education, proactive countermeasures and effective policies, I’ll strive to protect the confidentiality and integrity of Idaho’s information technology assets.”

His appointment stems from the Governor’s January executive order implementing recommendations from a Cybersecurity Task Force he established in July 2015.

Led by Lieutenant Governor Brad Little, the task force recommended steps for implementing national best practices in cybersecurity, including installation of a director of Information Security to lead efforts to detect, identify and thwart cyberattacks against the State. Those efforts include establishing employee education and training, and developing a public outreach program to share the latest information on how best to protect cyber capabilities and the privacy of Idaho citizens.

“It’s important to remember that this appointment only begins the process of hardening and then maintaining the security of our State government networks against threats that morph with emerging technologies,” Lieutenant Governor Little said. “Colonel Weak’s military-level skill set will help ensure we stay on the vanguard of this expanding field.”

Weak’s Air Force experience also includes commanding a communications support squadron in Virginia and flight operations at Yokota Air Base in Japan, working at the Defense Intelligence Agency as a programmer/analyst before and after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks; and managing communications security at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The Idaho Legislature appropriated $180,000 for the new position and an Office of Information Security within the Executive Office of the Governor, effective July 1. Weak will assume his new responsibilities August 1.

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