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A longtime cybersecurity expert in the state of California has been appointed to a new role in the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), where since 2015 he has been the commander of the California Center for Emergency Security. State Threat Assessment.
Elijah “Eli” Owen (right) swore remotely last week for his new role as Cal OES director Mark Ghilarducci.
Elijah “Eli” Owen, 40, has been appointed deputy director of the recovery operations division of the emergency services office.
Owen has extensive training in cybersecurity and intelligence. He was an intelligence officer with the Central Intelligence Agency from 2006 to 2014 and has worked and led numerous state and federal task forces in these areas, as well as in emergency management and recovery.
“I am deeply humbled by this appointment and look forward to joining the leadership of the Cal OES Recovery Division,” Owen told Techwire. “I hope to help drive a recovery operations strategy that continues to put survivors first and is technology-enabled and data-driven. A team, a fight!”
From 2015 to 2017, Owen was appointed Acting Commander of the California Cyber Security Integration Center (Cal-CSIC), which he helped build and lead while serving as Commander of the State Threat Assessment Center. He also led the governor’s working groups on electoral security and census. Owen has had side assignments since his initial appointment by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2015, including working and leading state task forces on the COVID-19 pandemic and state firefighting.
Owen previously served for nearly a decade in the federal government as an adviser, working to combat national security threats (terrorism and cyber) in the United States. He is also a member of numerous government and non-profit advisory boards. He is a member of the Sacramento chapter of the American Society of Public Administration and the Sacramento chapter of the Alumni Board of the University of Southern California, where he earned his master’s degree in public administration.
Owen’s new position does not require confirmation in the Senate and the compensation is $ 148,800.