Kathleen Patentreger

Senior Vice President of Programs

Kathleen-Patentreger-DirectorAs Senior Vice President of Programs, Kathleen Patentreger oversees the CIS Benchmarks content development, and the CIS hardened images development teams. The 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. The unique process allows CIS to bring together security experts from all around the world to develop standards that accepted by government, the business industry and academia. The configurations are applied to images built for cloud platforms. These hardened images are made available to organizations to streamline the process of setting up secure environments in the cloud.

Prior to working with the Benchmarks teams at CIS, Kathleen managed engagement teams for the MSISAC to develop 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. Kathleen was also responsible for the team that developed and deployed the National Cyber Security Review at CIS that has become an important tool to the states to assess their cyber readiness.

Before joining CIS five years ago, Kathleen had many years of experience developing and supporting application software. Most recently, working with hospitals to implement HIPAA compliant systems and programs.