William F. Pelgrin

President & CEO, Center for Internet Security

Mr. William Pelgrin is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Internet Security (CIS). The Center for Internet Security is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to enhance the cyber security readiness and response of public and private sector entities, with a commitment to excellence through collaboration. CIS has responsibility for development and distribution of benchmarks that establish standards for the secure configuration of information technology systems; provision of cyber security services for state, local, tribal and territorial governments; and negotiation of aggregate purchasing opportunities that enable SLTTs and not-for-profits to procure high-quality, cost-effective cyber security solutions; and development and distribution of actionable intelligence products to be shared with our partners to help strengthen our collective cyber posture.


As President and CEO of CIS, Mr. Pelgrin provides leadership in establishing, implementing and overseeing the organization's mission, goals, policies and core guiding principles. He directs all strategic, operational and financial aspects of CIS, including: communicating CIS's mission and programs; ensuring optimal allocation of CIS's human, financial, and physical assets; furthering CIS staff professional development to foster a high-performance team; ensuring compliance with all applicable laws and regulations; ensuring quality products and services are developed and maintained; incorporating the highest level of ethical standards into all CIS activities; and communicating with and receiving direction from the CIS Board of Directors.

Mr. Pelgrin is also the Chair of the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) which he established in January 2003 in recognition of the need for collaboration across states to better prevent, detect, respond to and recover from cyber incidents. The MS-ISAC has representation from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, local governments and U.S. Territories and serves as a collaborative mechanism to share information regarding cyber security issues. Because of the success of the MS-ISAC, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has recognized the MS-ISAC for its proactive role in coordinating state and local government cyber readiness and response.

Mr. Pelgrin also chairs the Public/Private Sector Cyber Security Workgroup, which comprises a talented cadre of senior representatives from State and local government, academia, and the private sector from not only New York, but New Jersey, as well as the federal government. He has brought together a diverse community that is working collaboratively to enhance cyber security in the public and private sectors for the collective benefit of all.

Mr. Pelgrin was appointed to Governor Cuomo's Cyber Security Advisory Board in May 2013. The Board comprises some of the world's leading experts in cyber security, with vast experience in both the public and private sectors. The Board will advise the administration on developments in cyber security and make recommendations for protecting the state's critical infrastructure and information systems.

 

Mr. Pelgrin has served three terms as Chair of the National Council of Information Sharing and Analysis Centers (National Council of ISACs). The mission of the National Council of ISACs is to advance the physical and cyber security of the critical infrastructures of North America by establishing and maintaining a framework for valuable interaction between and among the ISACs and with government. The National Council of ISACs includes representation from the following national industry sector ISACs: Chemical, Electricity, Energy, Emergency Management and Response, Financial Services, Highway, Information Technology, Government, Telecommunications, Public Transit, Surface Transportation and Water. The MS-ISAC, under Pelgrin's leadership, became the first government entity allowed as a member of the National Council of ISACs. Mr. Pelgrin was elected Chair in December 2008 and re-elected in December 2009 and 2010.

 

Mr. Pelgrin was appointed to serve as a Commission Member of the Center for Strategic and International Studies to brief the 44th President of the United States on critical cyber security issues. The Commission released its report on December 8, 2008 providing findings and recommendations to secure cyberspace in the 44th Presidency and to help guide policy-making to improve cyber security in critical infrastructure.

 

In 2009, Mr. Pelgrin was also asked to participate in President Obama's 60-day Cyberspace Policy Review. Mr. Pelgrin was one of only five individuals who participated in a White House video regarding cyber security and the 60-Day Review. The video was featured on the White House home page on the day of the report's release; Mr. Pelgrin was an invited guest at President Obama's press conference announcing the report. The video is available on the White House website.

 

 
SELECTED AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS RECEIVED

2013 Top 100 City Innovators Worldwide

NASCIO 2013 Technology Champion

Top 10 Influencers in Government IT Security 2013

Top 10 Government Information Security Leaders for 2011

Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers for 2011
2010 Cyber 7 Award
2009 Cyber Crime Fighter Award
2008 Excellence in Partnership Award
2008 Editor's Choice Award -- SC Magazine
2008 Best of New York
2008 Federal 100 People Who Have Made a Difference -- Federal Computer Week Magazine
2007 Information Security Executive of the Year National Award
SC Magazine: Top 5 Influential IT Security Thinkers
Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers -- Government Technology magazine
Distinguished Public Service Award -- SUNY Albany School of Information Science & Policy
Award of Excellence in Government Information Services -- NYS Forum
Charter Member of the Global Council of CSOs
Chairman's Award -- GovSec
Excellence in Government Service Award -- Albany Law School
Best of New York Award -- Center for Digital Government and Government Technology Magazine

SELECTED MEDIA PLACEMENTS

AndersonLive

Today Show

Wall Street Journal

Forbes

Saturday Evening Post

Governing -- includes feature
Federal Computer Week -- includes a cover story
State Tech Magazine -- includes a cover story
SC Magazine -- includes a cover story
Government Technology Magazine -- includes two cover stories
CSO Magazine
Government Computer News
Information Security Magazine
Network World
Public CIO Magazine

SELECTED PUBLISHED WORKS
2005
Introduction for Black Book on Government Security


2004
"Protecting, Detecting, Responding and Recovering: Cyber Preparedness through Information Sharing"
Syracuse University, College of Law Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism Symposium

2003
"Cyber Security in the 21st Century: Achieving and Sustaining Vigilance and Resilience through Collaboration" Defending the Homeland: Technology Imperatives for the 21st Century, Information Technology Association of America (ITAA)

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY
2002-July 2010
Director and Chief Cyber Security Officer
New York State Office of Cyber Security and Critical Infrastructure Coordination (CSCIC)

William F. Pelgrin served as the Director of the NYS Office of Cyber Security and Critical Infrastructure Coordination (CSCIC) within the Office of Homeland Security. Mr. Pelgrin had been actively involved in cyber security issues since 1996 and was asked to lead CSCIC in 2002 in recognition of his leadership and expertise in cyber security.

Mr. Pelgrin was responsible for directing New York State's efforts regarding cyber readiness and resilience, and geographic information technologies, especially in emergencies, where CSCIC is the single point-of-contact. As Director, Mr. Pelgrin established a 7x24 Cyber Security Center to analyze and respond to intrusions and other anomalous cyber activity; deployed intrusion/prevention detection architecture for critical segments of the State's network and computing infrastructure; developed statewide cyber security policies; implemented statewide cyber security training for state and local government; and enhanced the capabilities of the State's critical infrastructure application to assist in responding to any emergency.


1997-2002
Director, New York State Office for Technology
Mr. Pelgrin served as Director of the NYS Office for Technology (OFT). During the years that he led OFT, Mr. Pelgrin managed the growth of the OFT from a small, policy-oriented task force, into a State agency of more than six hundred employees, with both policy and operational responsibilities. Mr. Pelgrin was responsible for managing the State's technology agenda including: oversight of the consolidation of twenty separate agency data centers into a central operation; deployment of the State's electronic communications network, the NYeNet; establishment of a statewide information security office; and coordination of the State's Y2K and e-Commerce/e-Government initiative. In 1999, Mr. Pelgrin authored the Electronic Value Transfer Act and landmark Electronic Signature and Records Act legislation.


January 1996-1997
Executive Deputy Director and Chief Counsel, New York State Office for Technology

1994-1995
Executive Deputy Director, New York State Division for Youth
Mr. Pelgrin managed the day-to-day operation of the New York State Division for Youth, which encompasses a workforce of approximately 3200 staff and 55 juvenile facilities for the custody and confinement of over 4000 juvenile offenders, restricted juvenile delinquents, juvenile delinquents and PINS (persons in need of supervision). He developed the Division's budget and ensured the most effective and efficient use of the Division's 300 million dollar appropriation. Mr. Pelgrin provided policy direction and leadership to the executive staff and established Division priorities, objectives and initiatives. Mr. Pelgrin supervised and managed the major offices and bureaus within the Division, including the Office of Residential Services, Office of Local Services, Office of General Counsel, Office of Program Development and Evaluation, Office of Administration, and the Bureaus of Public Information, Deputy Inspector General and Internal Audit and Control.

1989-1994
General Counsel New York State Division for Youth

1984-1989
Counsel New York State Commission of Correction

1982-1984
Assistant Counsel New York State Commission of Correction

1985-1994
Author: McKinney's Consolidated Laws of New York
Correction Law Practice Commentaries
Author: New York Law Journal; Governor's 1990 Law Day Article

EDUCATION:
Albany Law School of Union University Albany, New York
Juris Doctor, 1980

Union College of Union University Schenectady, New York
Bachelor of Arts, History/Political Science, 1977
Cum Laude


William Pelgrin has more than twenty five years experience in government, holding a variety of executive leadership positions. He enjoys the challenges and rewards of making organizations more effective and responsive. His extensive leadership experience and technology expertise are well known and respected at the State, national and international level, and he is often asked to speak at conferences and seminars. Mr. Pelgrin has been the subject of articles in numerous industry periodicals including Wall Street Journal, Government Technology, State Technology, and Governing magazines.