Cyber Security Taskforce

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The Oakland County Cyber Security Taskforce has adopted a county-wide approach to cyber security to help protect our 1.25 million residents and neighboring partners. The County is implementing technologies and leveraging our world class infrastructure to support citizen online experiences and provide data for decisions and opportunities to support regional growth and economic development.

The Oakland County Cyber Security Taskforce has identified five key areas for education, growth and development via Cyber Security Initiatives*:

Citizen Cyber Training

Online education and online Cyber Security resources to help our citizens understand risks and be better prepared for a more secure online experience.

Cyber Security Education and Workforce Opportunities (Site Under Construction)

Working with local Colleges, Universities and Employment organizations to coordinate training and staffing of Cyber Security resources. Working to match qualified work pool of Cyber Security candidates with the needs of local businesses.

Government Cyber Security Initiatives

Working with Oakland County Cities, Villages, and Townships and neighboring Counties to help bolster the Regions Cyber Security posture.

K- 12 School Cyber Security Resources

Through programs and partnerships with local Security organizations working to help increase the Security of K-12 Schools and foster environments for increased STEM activity for the pursuit of Cyber Security education opportunities.

Small – Medium Business (SMB) Cyber Security Resources

Provide fundamental guidance via resource documents and fostering relationships with vetted vendors to provide an avenue of economic development of the Small and Medium business in Oakland County.

*Due to current COVID restrictions the initial actions and opportunities of the Cyber Taskforce will be executed online. As soon as COVID restrictions are lifted, a significant number of in person opportunities will be made available.

Taskforce Members

  • Sean Carlson, Deputy County Executive, Oakland County
  • T.J. Fields, Chief Information Security Officer, Oakland County
  • Mike Timm, Director of Information Technology, Oakland County
  • Chuck DePalma, Principal, CFD Consulting, Inc.
  • Jennifer Tisdale, Principal, Cyber-Physical Systems Security, Grimm
  • Kenneth Theis, Chief Executive Officer,  Dewpoint

The Oakland County Cyber Security Taskforce is led by Deputy County Executive Sean Carlson under the direction of County Executive David Coulter. Formed by Coulter in March 2020, as the “Secure IT Oakland” cybersecurity and infrastructure taskforce, Carlson leads a team that includes Mike Timm, Director of Oakland County Information Technology, Jennifer Tisdale, Kenneth Theis, and T.J. Fields. Fields, as Oakland County's Chief Information Security Officer, implements the requirements of the Oakland County Information Technology and Information Security Programs.