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Public Sector Cybersecurity - Week 63 Cyber Talk Radio

By Bret Piatt
Dec 12, 2017

Bret Piatt, CTR Host, and Larry Romo, candidate for Bexar County District Clerk - Week 63 of Cyber Talk Radio

Show Summary

This past Saturday, December 9, episode 63 of Cyber Talk Radio hit the air on 1200 WOAI and iHeartRadio streaming. I was joined by Larry Romo, candidate running for Bexar County District Clerk.

In the first half of the show, Larry tells us about his background as a Lt. Colonel in the Air Force and director in the U.S. Selective Service System. He was nominated by President Obama in the fall of 2009 as the 12th Selective Service System Director, a Senate confirmed presidential appointee. He is now running for Bexar County District Clerk. The District Clerk is primarily the clerk of court for all district courts. The Clerk deals with all district court records and files, and they are also the conservator for these court records. The term for Bexar County Clerk is four years, which is a good amount of time for executing projects during the term. Larry and I also talk through several of the unique challenges dealing with public sector cybersecurity. The primary elections are March 6, 2018 so be sure to go vote!

In the second half of the show, we talk through the modernization and transformation of IT systems in Bexar County. As background, the Bexar County awarded an $18.9 million dollar contract in 2011 to create the Bexar County Integrated Justice System (BCIJS). The five-year contract was given to American Cadestre LLC (AMCAD) to replace the county’s 1980s mainframe for court-related data. AMCAD was contracted to provide integrated justice software, consulting and development services, training and implementation services, and support services. In the end, the project was unsuccessful and after about three years, AMCAD walked away from the project and later declared bankruptcy. Larry, if elected, wants to bring his leadership and expertise to the District Clerk office and help create a Information Technology board and staff as well as analyze their cybersecurity practices and training.

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