Washington State Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)

Agnes Kirk is Washington State’s chief information security officer, appointed by the state CIO. She is responsible for establishing and leading the strategic direction of cybersecurity for Washington State. Kirk provides policy and technology leadership for state government, and promotes cooperation and coordination between regional and national government and private sector organizations. She advises the Governor and Legislators on key cyber issues, leads the state’s participation in national cyber security efforts and is a nationally recognized speaker on cyber security. Agnes was selected by Government Technology Magazine as one of the nation's Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers. She is a member of the Governor’s Domestic Security Executive Group, chairs the State of Washington Cyber Incident Response Center, is a member of the NASCIO CISO Advisory Committee, founding member of Washington’s Cyber Unified Coordination Group, co-founded the Pacific Northwest Alliance for Cyber Security, served on the Executive Committee of the Multi-State ISAC, and helped establish a regional chapter of the Information System Security Association International. Agnes spends a significant amount of time mentoring upcoming cyber security professionals.