Kathleen Patentreger
Senior Director of Programs

Kathleen Patentreger is the Senior Director of Programs for the Center for Internet Security (CIS). In this role, Kathleen 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. Kathleen also serves as Co-Chair of two workgroups within the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis (MS-ISAC): Business Continuity, Recovery and Cyber Exercise; and Cyber Security Metrics. The MS-ISAC, a program of CIS, is designated by the federal government as a key cyber security resource for the nation’s state, local, tribal and territorial (SLTT) governments.

The MS-ISAC workgroups bring together state and local government CISOs from across the U.S. to share tools, processes and skill sets to help further public sector cyber security. Additionally, Kathleen serves as the CIS lead for the Nationwide Cyber Security Review (NCSR), a voluntary assessment of cyber security capabilities across the nation. Through Kathleen’s efforts, participation in the NCSR has increased by 81% since its first year. Kathleen also lends her management skills to the Cyber Hygiene Workgroup, which developed Cyber Hygiene toolkits that provide concrete actionable steps organizations can take to advance the Cyber Hygiene of their organizations and to move towards adoption of the NIST Cyber Security Framework.

Prior to joining CIS, Kathleen served as vice president of a health care 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, Kathleen used her skills to manage the relationship between business operations and the industry regulations that impact them, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) compliance.