Company: County of Orange
Title: Chief Information Security Officer
In the County of Orange, information technology was generally managed in a decentralized fashion. As the Chief Information Security Officer, Jacob Margolis has been tasked with implementing enterprise-level strategies that safeguard the County’s information assets across multiple departments/agencies. Over the last two years as CISO, Mr. Margolis has overseen the development and implementation of multiple countywide cybersecurity initiatives. This includes the establishment of a County Cybersecurity Framework; interactive online Cybersecurity Awareness Training; a robust and tested Cyber Incident Response Process and Plan; adoption of next-generation AI technologies, and the execution of a robust governance Risk & Compliance (GRC) platform.
Prior to joining the County, Mr. Margolis was the Information Assurance Manager for the California National Guard and California Military Department, where he oversaw the development and management of the California National Guard’s Cybersecurity program. During his service with the California National Guard, his assignments included Emergency Communications Plans Officer, Network Operations Manager and Systems Engineer for the Network Operations & Security Center.
Mr. Margolis Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), earned a BS degree in Computer Applications and Networks and holds a Master’s Degree in Information Systems and Technology Management. Mr. Margolis has been a Commissioned Officer in the United States Army Reserve. He was deployed to New Orleans, LA, as part of the humanitarian relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and served two combat tours Afghanistan. The first deployment was in 2007 as an embedded trainer with the Afghan National Security Forces and the second was in 2013 as the Chief Communications Officer for a Coalition Joint Task Force charged with the turnover of military operations in Uruzgan Province to Afghan National Security Forces.