Kathleen Patentreger

Senior Vice President, CIS Benchmarks

kathleen-PatentregerKathleen Patentreger is the Senior Vice President for CIS Benchmarks. Patentreger oversees the CIS Benchmarks content development, and the CIS Hardened Images development teams. These teams use a consensus-based approach to develop configuration standards for a wide variety of technologies that include operating systems, desktops, web browsers, network devices, mobile devices, as well as virtualization platforms and cloud services. She has played a large role in bringing together global security experts to develop standards that are adopted by governments, business industry and academia. These configurations are applicable to images built for cloud platforms, which allows organizations to streamline the process of setting up secure environments in the cloud.

Prior to working with the CIS Benchmarks teams, Patentreger managed engagement teams for the CIS’ Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC). Her MS-ISAC accomplishments included developing products in collaboration with security professionals from states and local governments to assist governments to train staff, implement security programs and educate officials about cybersecurity. Patentreger is also credited with leading the team that developed and launched the Nationwide Cybersecurity Review. This annual self-assessment survey helps states gauge their cyber readiness.

Before joining CIS in 2013, Patentreger had many years of experience developing and supporting application software, including working with hospitals to implement HIPAA compliant systems and programs.

Patentreger serves on the Board of Advisors of the PCI Security Standards Council®. The PCI Security Standards Council is a global, cross-industry effort to increase payment security by providing industry-driven and effective data security standards and programs that help businesses detect, mitigate, and prevent cyber attacks and breaches.