By Staff Reports
Nashville City Paper
January 29, 2008
Mayor Karl Dean today announced that a specialist in information
security has been hired to update and improve data security protocols
for the Metropolitan Government.
That specialist, Betty Steele, a certified information systems security
professional (CISSP), will recommend changes based on the information
collected from the data security audit completed earlier this month by
Information Technology Services.
Dean also has asked Steele to examine the need for an IT security and
standards board made up of industry professionals.
While its unfortunate that it took an incident at the Election
Commission office to bring necessary attention to this issue, we now
have the opportunity to improve the way sensitive information is handled
by Metro, and possibly prevent an even worse situation like this from
occurring in the future, Dean said.
Steele is currently an attorney with the law office of Baker Donelson
Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz and a member of the firms Business Law
Department. She has formerly served as assistant commissioner for
business development for the Tennessee Department of Economic and
Community Development, and as president of Global Competitiveness
Council, an affiliate of the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
She has developed information security management plans and provided
advice on information privacy and security matters to numerous
organizations, including Fortune 100 companies, financial institutions,
health care providers and plans, and technology companies.
Steeles appointment comes on the heals of the latest arrest in the
December burglary of the countys Election Commission office.
Metro Police detectives late last night arrested a second suspect in the
connection with the Election Commission laptop computer theft.
According to police, Randal Logan Cheek, 27, has been charged with theft
of property for having knowledge that the stolen laptops were fenced at
his business, The Muse a music venue at 835 Fourth Ave. S., which was
formerly Kung Fu Coffee.
Cheek surrendered to police late Monday.
On Jan. 17, a computer router from the Election Commission office was
recovered at The Muse.
Police have also sworn out a warrant against Brent Russell Rucker, 28,
who police say bought the stolen computer equipment on Christmas Eve,
after the break-in.
Rucker then sold the laptops to a Goodlettsville man, police said.
Rucker remains at large.
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