Chief Information Security Officer 
Deborah Blyth

Deborah (Debbi) Blyth became the state’s Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) in August 2014, bringing a diverse background to the position that includes 14 years of information security experience. As CISO, she serves as the point of contact for all information security initiatives in Colorado. This includes informing the chief information officer and executive agency leadership on security risks and impacts of policy and management decisions on IT-related initiatives. She and her team are responsible for determining the strategic and tactical security direction for the State to meet established objectives. 

Debbi brings 
a highly praised leadership style, which includes a desire for building collaborative working relationships. Before joining OIT, Debbi spent five years as an executive director at TeleTech leading their Information Security and IT Compliance program. Among her many achievements, Debbi built the business case for the information security program and led a two-year effort to evolve and mature it. 

As the Information Technology Security and Compliance Manager at Travelport, Debbi was responsible for establishing and managing a global enterprise information security and compliance program. During her tenure there, Debbi led the 2007 successful effort to achieve compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) for the first time in the company’s history.

Debbi earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Regis University, graduating Summa Cum Laude while working full time. Calling herself a native even though she wasn’t born in Colorado, she loves all things Colorado, including the mountains, the sports teams, the weather, and especially the people! She is truly passionate about information security and is very enthusiastic about performing her career ‘calling’ in service to the residents of the state.