Colorado CISO to Leave Job in July

Governor Not Seeking Reelection Shapes Kulakow's Decision
Colorado CISO to Leave Job in July
Being a political appointee, the job security of Colorado's chief information security officer depends on the sentiment of the governor. And, with Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter's decision not to seek reelection this fall, state CISO Seth Kulakow thought it was time for him to move on as well.

At age 40, with a wife and 2-year-old daughter, Kulakow said he wanted more certainty about his career prospects than can be provided in his current political post. Ritter's term expires at the end of the year. "I didn't want to put any stress upon my family or anything like that, so I just decided that it would be best for me just to resign," Kulakow said in a telephone conversation Tuesday.

Kulakow, who became Colorado CISO in November 2008, said he will serve through July 31 in a consulting capacity, helping with the transition to the next person charged with overseeing Colorado's information security operations. "My goal is to take the 2½ months that I have, assist Colorado in its transition, and during that time period look for another position," he said.

Kulakow has spent most of his adult life in the public sector and in Colorado, serving as an information security officer at the Denver International Airport for 10 years.

Where next? His preference is to find a job in the private sector - perhaps as a chief information officer - but he hasn't ruled out further government service. "If the federal government came, asking me to participate in some capacity, I would obviously consider that, but the private sector seems to be the next calling," said Kulakow, who attended high school in the Washington, D.C., area.

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Eric Chabrow

Eric Chabrow

Retired Executive Editor, GovInfoSecurity

Chabrow, who retired at the end of 2017, hosted and produced the semi-weekly podcast ISMG Security Report and oversaw ISMG's GovInfoSecurity and InfoRiskToday. He's a veteran multimedia journalist who has covered information technology, government and business.

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