EIS Director Joe Panora has received an award recognizing his leadership in cybersecurity and innovation.

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Enterprise Information Services Director Joe Panora has received a national award recognizing his leadership in cybersecurity and innovation. (CDCR file photo.)

A California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation director has received a national award for his work with the Strategic Offender Management System (SOMS) and a new resources planning system.

The Center for Digital Government, the research arm of Government Technology’s parent company (e.Republic Inc.), recognized the best public-sector cybersecurity professionals in the nation at the FOCUS 14 Security Conference in Las Vegas on Oct. 28.

A Cybersecurity Leadership/Innovators Award was presented to Joe Panora, Director of CDCR’s Enterprise Information Services. In recent years, Panora has overseen a project portfolio valued at more than $800 million. Projects led by Panora include a new enterprise resource planning system and SOMS, a centralized offender database and management system annually saving $4 million.

In 2013, Panora was named as a Government Technology Top 25 Doer, Dreamer and Driver.

The 2014 Cybersecurity Leadership and Innovation Awards are given to those in state and local government and education who have driven forward cybersecurity efforts in their own communities, and also led American government at large, according to the organization’s website.

For the full story, see https://www.govtech.com/security/2014-Cybersecurity-Leadership-and-Innovation-Awards.html (Editor’s note: This site may not be accessible from a CDCR computer).

This is the second award related to SOMS in October. Read the earlier story at http://www.insidecdcr.ca.gov/2014/10/award-winning-streak-continues-for-cdcr-strategic-offender-management-system/

In 2013, EIS was also recognized. Read the story at http://www.insidecdcr.ca.gov/2013/08/2-innovative-eis-computer-applications-win-top-state-honors/

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