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[ISN] Dean hires IT specialist to improve Metro data security


By Staff Reports
Nashville City Paper
January 29, 2008

Mayor Karl Dean today announced that a specialist in information 
security has been hired to update and improve data security protocols 
for the Metropolitan Government.

That specialist, Betty Steele, a certified information systems security 
professional (CISSP), will recommend changes based on the information 
collected from the data security audit completed earlier this month by 
Information Technology Services.

Dean also has asked Steele to examine the need for an IT security and 
standards board made up of industry professionals.

While its unfortunate that it took an incident at the Election 
Commission office to bring necessary attention to this issue, we now 
have the opportunity to improve the way sensitive information is handled 
by Metro, and possibly prevent an even worse situation like this from 
occurring in the future, Dean said.

Steele is currently an attorney with the law office of Baker Donelson 
Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz and a member of the firms Business Law 
Department. She has formerly served as assistant commissioner for 
business development for the Tennessee Department of Economic and 
Community Development, and as president of Global Competitiveness 
Council, an affiliate of the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

She has developed information security management plans and provided 
advice on information privacy and security matters to numerous 
organizations, including Fortune 100 companies, financial institutions, 
health care providers and plans, and technology companies.

Steeles appointment comes on the heals of the latest arrest in the 
December burglary of the countys Election Commission office.

Metro Police detectives late last night arrested a second suspect in the 
connection with the Election Commission laptop computer theft.

According to police, Randal Logan Cheek, 27, has been charged with theft 
of property for having knowledge that the stolen laptops were fenced at 
his business, The Muse a music venue at 835 Fourth Ave. S., which was 
formerly Kung Fu Coffee.

Cheek surrendered to police late Monday.

On Jan. 17, a computer router from the Election Commission office was 
recovered at The Muse.

Police have also sworn out a warrant against Brent Russell Rucker, 28, 
who police say bought the stolen computer equipment on Christmas Eve, 
after the break-in.

Rucker then sold the laptops to a Goodlettsville man, police said. 
Rucker remains at large.

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