New Haven Appoints First Chief Technology Officer to Strengthen Cybersecurity and Technology Initiatives after Major Breach”.

First Chief Technology Officer appointed in New Haven, Conn.

In New Haven, Connecticut, Mayor Justin Elicker recently appointed Michael Simeone as the city’s first chief technology officer. Simeone previously worked in a technology role for a law firm, where he honed his expertise in information technology and cybersecurity. In his new role, Simeone will oversee the city’s technology budget and help integrate technology initiatives across the city. This position is housed within the mayor’s office, and Simeone will also collaborate with Superintendent Madeline Negron to establish technology strategies and growth plans for the city’s Board of Education.

Sophis Fox-Sowell, who reports on artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and government regulation for StateScoop, provided this information. She previously worked as a multimedia producer for CNET, focusing on private sector innovation in various sectors through podcasts and video content. Fox-Sowell holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Wagner College and a master’s degree in media innovation from Northeastern University.

The appointment of Simeone comes after a business email compromise incident in June 2019, where hackers stole $5.9 million in city funds related to a New Haven Public Schools bus contract. The incident was discovered when the company contacted the school district about a missing payment. According to City spokesperson Kelli Marissa Vargas-Rivera, “Michael brings over 25 years of IT experience to this critical role.” In his new position, Simeone aims to support the city’s technology and efficiency goals while serving New Haven residents.

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