Queen Anne’s adds information security officer to ICT Department

CENTREVILLE — Queen Anne’s County has hired John Davis as its first information security officer. He will serve as a member of the leadership team within the Information and Communications Technology Department, reporting directly to Director Brian Riley.

According to a post on the Queen Anne’s County website, Davis’ responsibilities will include leading strategic security planning; developing and implementing security strategies and plans; overseeing enforcement of security policies; and assessing security risks associated with county practices.

Davis has more than 25 years of leadership experience in technology.

Before joining Queen Anne’s County Government, he served as the program director overseeing the integration of AVEVA’s acquisition of OSIsoft, two leaders in engineering and industrial software.

His professional journey also includes senior positions at high-tech companies such as General Electric, Nasdaq and VMware.

In a written statement, Riley said: “John’s extensive background in enterprise architecture, digital transformation, and Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) uniquely positions him to lead our efforts in enhancing cybersecurity and ensuring the integrity of our information systems.”

In his previous roles, Davis has “demonstrated a remarkable ability to drive transformative initiatives and deliver innovative solutions. Notably, as a Director at VMware, he established and managed both a formal Security and GRC function, preparing the company for its initial public offering,” the county website states.

Davis said as the new information security officer for Queen Anne’s County, he is “committed to fortifying our organization’s digital defenses and cultivating a culture of proactive cybersecurity. My vision is to integrate cutting-edge technologies, implement robust policies, and foster a collaborative approach across departments to safeguard our valuable assets and ensure the trust of our stakeholders in an ever-evolving digital landscape.”

Davis holds a degree in management information systems from the University of Phoenix. He has obtained certifications in ITIL, Scrum and Oracle EBS & iStore Essentials, among others.

Originally from Catonsville, Davis recently relocated from California to be closer to his family in St. Michaels, according to biographical information provided by Queen Anne’s County Government.

For more information about the ICT Department, visit www.qac.org and search “Information Technology.”

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