Daniel J. Lohrmann is the Michigan Chief Security Officer (CSO).
Mr. Lohrmann also serves as deputy director, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection (CIP) within the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget (DTMB). CIP is the single entity charged by the Governor with the risk management and operational oversight of physical & cybersecurity missions associated with government assets, data, property, systems and networks.
Dan Lohrmann is an internationally recognized cybersecurity leader, technologist and author. During his distinguished career, Dan has served global organizations in the public and private sectors in a variety of executive leadership capacities, including enterprise-wide Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) roles in Michigan.
Dan leads the Executive Office Cyber Committee and several cross-agency security committees and working groups. In this capacity, he developed and manages the Michigan Cyber Initiative, which is a comprehensive strategic plan to strengthen cyber defenses within Michigan. He orchestrated the award-winning Michigan Cyber Summit Series and other government cyber education programs.
Mr. Lohrmann also serves on the National Governor’s Association (NGA) Resource Center on State Cybersecurity Advisory Council. He works with White House staff and other national experts on a wide variety of public policy development efforts related to cyberdefense for individual states and the nation.
He represents Michigan and the National Association of Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) on the Department of Homeland Security's IT Government Coordinating Council (IT-GCC). In this role, Mr. Lohrmann addresses Homeland Security issues such as state communications, intelligence sharing, writing and implementing the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) IT Sector Plan, and privacy and security best practices.
Mr. Lohrmann is the author of two books, Virtual Integrity: Faithfully Navigating the Brave New Web and BYOD For You: The Guide to Bring Your Own Device to Work. He is also a contributing author to CIO Leadership for State Governments: Emerging Trends and Practices.
He is also a globally recognized conference speaker on many IT and cybersecurity topics, with keynote presentations from Moscow to South Africa and throughout the USA. He has received numerous professional awards including CSO of the Year, Public Official of the Year and Computerworld Premier 100 Leader. Dan is sought after as a trusted source for state and local government cyber counsel throughout the country.
Dan serves as an adviser on cybersecurity and Information Assurance (IA) programs at four universities. He writes regular columns, articles and blogs for several professional magazines, such as Government Technology Magazine, Public CIO Magazine, CSO Magazine, Computerworld Magazine and others. He has appeared on CSPAN, numerous national and regional radio programs, many technology/security webcasts and the evening news.
Mr. Lohrmann previously served as the State of Michigan's Chief Technology Officer (CTO) from January 2009 to October 2011. He also was Michigan's first Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and Director of Enterprise Security from May 2002 until January 2009.
He has over 27 years' experience in the computer industry, beginning with the National Security Agency (NSA) in Washington, D.C. He spent three years in England as a senior network engineer for Lockheed Martin (formerly Loral Aerospace) followed by four years as IT Director for ManTech International on a US/UK military base. In 1997, Mr. Lohrmann moved to Michigan where he served as CIO and IT Services Director for the Michigan Department of Management and Budget.
Mr. Lohrmann served as President of Michigan InfraGard Member Alliance in 2006-2007 and as InfraGard Chapter Chairman for 2008-2009. He continues as an active member of the Michigan InfraGard Board of Directors, where he has served faithfully since 2004. He also served for four years as an Executive Board member of the Multi-State Information Sharing & Analysis Center (MS-ISAC), which coordinates cybersecurity actions amongst the 50 states.
Within Michigan's Department of Information Technology (MDIT), Mr. Lohrmann served as the Emergency Management Coordinator, and he led Michigan's efforts to restore IT operations following the northeast blackout of 2003. Prior to his role as Michigan CISO, Mr. Lohrmann was the Senior Technology Executive for e-Michigan, the agency responsible for digital government in Michigan. Playing a central role in the success of the Michigan.gov portal launch in July 2001, he served as technical advisor and program manager for the Director of e-Michigan and the Governor on implementing enterprise-wide digital government projects. Mr. Lohrmann published and presented an academic paper entitled: "The Michigan.gov Story" at WebNet 2001 in Orlando.
Mr. Lohrmann holds a Master's Degree in Computer Science (CS) from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, and a Bachelor's Degree in CS from Valparaiso University in Indiana.
Recent Awards Received by Daniel Lohrmann:
GOVTek 2012 - GTRA's Executive Government Technology Award
Inside IT Leadership Award 2011: InfoWorld
Premier 100 IT Leader for 2010: Computerworld Magazine
2009 Top Doers Dreamers and Drivers: Government Technology Magazine
Recent Team Award (Under Dan’s leadership):
October 2013 - Outstanding IT Achievement in Cybersecurity National Association of State CIOs (NASCIO)