Senior Vice President of Programs
Kathleen Patentreger is the Senior Vice President of Programs for CIS. In this role, she manages staff and activities of the Partner Outreach, Administration, and Program teams, which provide overall support to members, partners, and other stakeholders across all CIS business lines. She also serves as co-chair of two work groups within CIS's Multi-State Information Sharing & Analysis Center (MS-ISAC): Business Continuity, Recovery, and Cyber Exercise; and Cyber Security Metrics.
The MS-ISAC is designated by the federal government as a key cybersecurity resource for the nation's state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) governments. MS-ISAC work groups bring together state and local government CISOs from across the United States to share tools, processes, and skill sets to help further public sector cybersecurity.
Additionally, Ms. Patentreger serves as the CIS lead for the Nationwide Cyber Security Review (NCSR), a voluntary assessment of cybersecurity capabilities across the nation. Through her efforts, participation in the NCSR has increased by 81 percent since its first year. She also lends her management skills to the Cyber Hygiene Work Group, which developed Cyber Hygiene toolkits that provide concrete actionable steps that organizations can take to advance the cyber hygiene of their organizations and to move toward adoption of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework.
Prior to joining CIS, Ms. Patentreger served as vice president of a healthcare software company, where she assumed increasing levels of responsibility in areas relating to business management, hospital software, IT operations, system implementations, and training. As vice president, she used her skills to manage the relationships between business operations and the industry regulations that impact them, including compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH).