DTI Announces New Chief Of Administration And Broadband Manager

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 5, 2022

Media Contact:
Christina Dirksen, Strategic Communications Manager, DTI
(302) 739-9736 w Christina.Dirksen@state.de.us


DOVER, Del. — Delaware’s State Chief Information Officer (CIO) Jason Clarke today announced two additions to the Delaware Department of Technology and Information (DTI). Jordan Schulties and Tammy Shelton have joined the team as Chief of Administration and Broadband Infrastructure Grant Program Manager, respectively.

 

Picture of Jordan Schulties
Jordan Schulties

As Chief of Administration for DTI Ms. Schulties is responsible for ensuring the financial viability of the department and providing the leadership of administrative support functions including personnel, finance, budget, procurement, contract administration, and vendor management to support high-impact technology solutions that innovate government practices. She also leads the continuous process improvement and directs the development and implementation of a well-defined strategic roadmap that charts the future direction, development, and growth of the agency. Ms. Schulties joined the State in 2016 and previously served as the Business Finance Director and Deputy Director of the Delaware Division of Small Business before being promoted to Director and Chair of the Delaware Economic Development Authority in 2021. She has extensive experience working in business development. Ms. Schulties is a CPA and worked in public accounting prior to entering state service.

 

Picture of Tammy Shelton
Tammy Shelton

Ms. Shelton joined DTI in September 2021 as part of the broadband team and has recently been promoted to Delaware Broadband Infrastructure Grant Program Manager. Ms.

Shelton works with federal, state, and local government agencies to coordinate and facilitate the operations and activities of DTI’s broadband initiatives. These include strategic planning, establishing budgets and cost estimates, reviewing and executing vendor contracts, and required reporting. Additionally, she is the primary contact for broadband providers, government entities, stakeholder partners, and constituents. Ms. Shelton is a seasoned telecommunications professional with 25+ years of industry experience specializing in program management, project management, business process development, service delivery, and implementation of voice and data services.

 

More information about DTI and Delaware’s strategic IT initiatives can be found at https://dti.delaware.gov.

 

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About the Delaware Department of Technology and Information

The Department of Technology and Information (DTI) is the state’s central IT organization, chartered to deliver core services to other state organizations and exercise governance over the technology direction and investments of the state. DTI provides enterprise services that enable other organizations to effectively fulfill their missions.

www.dti.delaware.gov

 

 


Governor Carney Announces DE’s Participation in CyberStart America and Cyber FastTrack

CyberStart America and Cyber FastTrack offer free, fun games for high school and college students to discover their talent and enter the field of cybersecurity. Registration is open now.

Dover, Delaware — Today, Delaware’s Governor John Carney and Chief Information Officer (CIO) Jason Clarke announced that high school and college students across the First State can now register for CyberStart America and Cyber FastTrack — innovative, online cybersecurity talent searches and competitions sponsored by the National Cyber Scholarship Foundation and the SANS Institute. Building on the success of last year’s National Cyber Scholarship Competition and the previous Girls Go CyberStart program, CyberStart America is open to all high school students to explore their aptitude for cybersecurity and computer science. Delaware students in grades nine through twelve will have the chance to win prizes and recognition for their schools, as well as scholarships for advanced training for themselves.  Cyber FastTrack is available for college students, where they too have a chance to win accolades and scholarship awards.

“Cybersecurity is a critical issue facing every state across the country and the future of our innovation economy depends on having a skilled pipeline of cybersecurity talent available,” said Governor John Carney. “Careers in cybersecurity are open across nearly every industry and we want to encourage high school and college students to explore these occupations. The CyberStart America and Cyber FastTrack programs give students the chance to discover skills and career paths that can ultimately lead them to success within the cybersecurity field.”

The CyberStart and Cyber FastTrack programs both offer a series of online challenges that allow participants to act as cyber protection agents solving cybersecurity-related puzzles and explore related topics such as code-breaking, programming, networking, and digital forensics. For the high school level, the program can be assigned as part of homework, form the basis of an extracurricular club, or students can simply try it on their own. Participating students and their teachers do not need knowledge or experience in information technology or cybersecurity to take part. Everything they need can be learned in the game; however, support and communication about the program to students are needed. Both programs are free for schools and students.

Students who do well in the program can earn access to scholarships and advanced training. Last year, 416 Delaware students participated in CyberStart America — four of whom earned scholarships — while two Cyber FastTrack winners won over $12,000 in training and scholarship awards.

“It’s estimated that there are more than 20 billion devices connected to the Internet and that number is only going to increase exponentially. This past year has proven how ingrained technology is in our personal and professional lives — as well as how imperative it is that we protect all the systems that connect us. Cybercriminals are evolving and becoming more sophisticated, so we must continue to seek out and cultivate the next generation of experts who will defend Delaware and the nation against these cyber threats,” said CIO Jason Clarke.

“Thank you to Governor Carney for his leadership in training the next generation of Cyber Stars,” said Alan Paller, President, National Cyber Scholarship Foundation. “Delaware is paving the way in urgently addressing the country’s significant gap in our cyber talent pipeline. We look forward to partnering with the Governor’s office to recruit thousands of Delaware’s students to this effort.”

To learn more about CyberStart America or to register, visit cyberstartamerica.org. College students can view the program details and register to participate at cyber-fasttrack.org.

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About the Delaware Department of Technology and Information
The Department of Technology and Information (DTI) is the state’s central IT organization, chartered to deliver core services to other state organizations and exercise governance over the technology direction and investments of the state. DTI provides enterprise services that enable other organizations to effectively fulfill their missions. DTI.delaware.gov

About CyberStart America
CyberStart America and Cyber FastTrack are free national programs for high school and college-level students, aiming to uncover hidden cyber talents and to identify and develop the next generation of cyber superstars. The immersive gamified learning platforms can take students from zero cybersecurity knowledge to possessing the skills necessary to compete in a national-level Capture the Flag challenge in a matter of weeks. Students new to the field with a strong aptitude, as well as students with existing interest in the field, can use the platform to train and qualify for the National Cyber Scholarship Competition, allowing them to compete for life-changing college scholarship opportunities.

About The National Cyber Scholarship Foundation (NCSF)
The National Cyber Scholarship Foundation (NCSF) is a national nonprofit whose mission is to identify, nurture and empower the next generation of cybersecurity experts and eliminate the cybersecurity skills gap in the United States. NCSF aims to support the entry of thousands of highly talented students to the cybersecurity industry by providing enrichment opportunities, world-class training, and scholarships to fund advanced skills training.

 


October Is Delaware Cyber Security Awareness Month

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 29, 2021

Media Contact:
Christina Dirksen, Strategic Communications Manager, DTI
(302) 739-9736
Christina.Dirksen@state.de.us

October Is Delaware Cyber Security Awareness Month
Register for Secure Delaware 2021

 Dover, Del. — Governor John Carney has declared October Delaware Cyber Security Awareness Month. Technology increasingly plays a part in almost everything we do. Connected devices have been woven into society as an integral part of how people communicate and access services essential to their well-being. Despite these great advances in technology and the conveniences this provides, recent events have shown us how quickly everything can be disrupted when cybercriminals and adversaries use technology to do harm. Cyber Security Awareness Month aims to shed light on these security vulnerabilities while offering actionable guidance surrounding behaviors anyone can take to protect themselves and their organizations. Throughout October, all Delaware residents and businesses are encouraged to participate in the various events being offered throughout the State: including presentations, educational workshops for seniors, on-site expert events, and conferences. As part of Cyber Security Awareness Month, the Delaware Department of Technology and Information (DTI) is also hosting our 12th Annual Secure Delaware workshop to provide superior training for our citizens, businesses, students, and government employees. This free, hybrid in-person and online event will be held Thursday, October 28 from 8:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Chase Center on the Riverfront.

“Delaware must provide opportunities for all individuals to learn how they can protect themselves while online to help our state remain secure,” said Governor John Carney. “Cyber Security Awareness Month events, such as Secure Delaware, help us learn the steps we need to take to stay safe online. I encourage everyone to take advantage of the free educational events available.”

“Cyber experts have warned that during the COVID-19 pandemic cybercrime was up 600% and email is the primary entry point for the vast majority,” said State of Delaware CIO Jason Clarke. “Advancements in technology mean that we are more connected now than ever, but cybercriminals are more sophisticated as well. That is why it is critical for each of us to stay vigilant and to be our own first line of defense by learning what we can do to keep our information secure. This year’s Cyber Security Awareness Month theme focuses on ‘Who’s Tracking You?’ to highlight potential pitfalls of location services and settings. You can learn more about this and other cyber best practices at any of the events and workshops, including Secure Delaware, planned throughout October.”

The 2021 Secure Delaware Cyber Workshop is an opportunity to come together for an informative full-day session.  During this hybrid event, industry experts on cyber security will present information to in-person attendees and online. The conference will include three keynote speakers along with twelve unique cyber topics for the smaller group breakout sessions. Topics include cyber insurance, risk management, securing a remote workforce, legal and privacy implications, securing cloud environments, insider threats, and more. In-person opportunities will be available to network and collaborate across all lines of government, business, and citizens, with the goal of strengthening our readiness and response posture. Those that choose to attend virtually will have access to view presentations and schedule future conversations with industry leaders. The event is a partnership made available by the Delaware Department of Technology and InformationDelaware League of Local GovernmentsDelaware Small Business Development CenterJP Morgan Chase, and the University of Delaware.

To learn more about Secure Delaware 2021, and to register to attend in person or online, please visit the event page at Digiknow.Delaware.gov. There is no cost to attend. Please note that registration to attend in-person closes on October 8. Virtual registration will remain open through the event.

For a complete list of other Delaware Cyber Security Awareness Month activities, please visit the events calendar at DigiKnow.delaware.gov.

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About the Delaware Department of Technology and Information

The Department of Technology and Information (DTI) is the state’s central IT organization, chartered to deliver core services to other state organizations and exercise governance over the technology direction and investments of the state. DTI provides enterprise services that enable other organizations to effectively fulfill their missions.


ALEINE COHEN NAMED DTI DEPUTY CIO

DOVER, Del. — Delaware’s State Chief Information Officer (CIO) Jason Clarke today announced that the Department of Technology and Information’s (DTI) former Deputy Attorney General Aleine Cohen will be joining the Office of the CIO as Deputy CIO. Aleine’s general counsel experience to DTI for the past six years has enabled her to collaborate across divisions and with DTI’s partners.  In this new position, Aleine will drive and execute the strategic goals of the organization as well as oversee the Human Resources, Fiscal, and Procurement teams. Responsibilities will include the development and implementation of a well-defined strategic roadmap which charts the future direction and growth of the agency, procurement and contract life cycle management, asset/investment management, license tracking, and privacy compliance. She will also lead DTI’s recruitment efforts.

Aleine Cohen, Deputy CIO
Aleine Cohen, Deputy CIO

“Aleine has been an integral part of our team, serving as our Deputy Attorney General for the past six years. She brings with her a wealth of experience in, contract negotiations, data retention and usage, IT procurement and project management, cyber security, privacy, constitutional, labor, employment and administrative law, and has been very involved  in DTI’s broadband and COVID-19 response efforts,” said DTI CIO Jason Clarke. “Her extensive experience within State government makes her an asset to DTI and I am honored that she has decided to take on this challenge. We look forward to her helping us deliver innovative technology solutions to Delaware.”

Aleine began her career in 2007, serving as a judicial law clerk for then President Judge James T. Vaughn, Jr. in the Delaware Superior Court followed by Chief Justice Myron T. Steele in the Delaware Supreme Court in 2008. In 2009, she joined the Delaware office of Edwards, Angell, Palmer, & Dodge, which later became the Delaware office of DLA Piper LLP, where she practiced intellectual property and technology, corporate, and complex commercial litigation. This was followed by a move in 2013 to the New Castle County Office of Law as an Assistant County Attorney. For the past six years, Aleine has been part of the Civil Division of the Delaware Department of Justice, serving as Deputy Attorney General and now as the Unit Head for the Department and Agencies Unit.

Aleine is an alumna of Fordham University and the University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law.  She enjoys outdoor activities, cooking, travel, reading, and spending time with her family. Aleine’s husband is a middle school English/Language Arts teacher and basketball coach. They have two wonderful young children, a senior English Bulldog, and a cuddly cat.

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About the Delaware Department of Technology and Information

The Department of Technology and Information (DTI) is the state’s central IT organization, chartered to deliver core services to other state organizations and exercise governance over the technology direction and investments of the state. DTI provides enterprise services that enable other organizations to effectively fulfill their missions.

www.dti.delaware.gov


Gerald Whisman Named DTI Chief Operating Officer

DOVER, Del. — The Delaware Department of Technology and Information (DTI) is pleased to announce that Gerald “Jerry” Whisman has been promoted to serve as Chief Operating Officer. In this role, Jerry administers a portfolio of $38.5M and is responsible for the Network Operations Center, Output Management, Systems Engineering/Systems Administration, Mainframe, Telecom, Collaboration Services, Automation, Data Center and Facilities.

“Jerry is a valuable and experienced team member. His ability to think about the collective team, work with his peers, stay up to date on technologies, and drive execution make him a great fit for our Chief of Operations,” said DTI CIO Jason Clarke. “I am honored that he has accepted the challenge to take on this role and we’re pleased to welcome him to our Senior Team.”

Leveraging experience from the private sector, in 2007 Jerry joined the Division of Professional Regulations within the Delaware Department of State. In 2012, he transitioned to DTI as a Service Support Administrator on the Enterprise Desktop LAN team. His work ethic and direction led DTI toward global desktop management and remote support — resulting in Jerry being named DTI’s Employee of the Year in 2014. He has since served in key leadership roles at DTI in the areas of Service Support, Infrastructure and Engineering. Most recently, Jerry served as the Director of Infrastructure and Engineering where he led technical, diverse, high-performing operations teams. Together with his teams, Jerry upgraded server and infrastructure monitoring/alerting by retiring antiquated systems and replacing them with enterprise class tools. Under Jerry’s guidance, the department increased overall service availability for our IT centralized agencies. He restructured the team, implemented tooling and processes that reduced total incident ticket volume by 50.34% over the last four years, and reduced Severity 2 tickets by 62.71%. After-hours tickets have also seen a 57.41% decrease over the last four years.

 

Jerry holds a number of professional certifications, including CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA CDIA+, and AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner, among others. He enjoys classic cars and spending time with his family, including his wife Lisa and their three daughters, Abbie, Hannah and Leah.

 

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About the Delaware Department of Technology and Information

The Department of Technology and Information (DTI) is the state’s central IT organization, chartered to deliver core services to other state organizations and exercise governance over the technology direction and investments of the state. DTI provides enterprise services that enable other organizations to effectively fulfill their missions.

www.dti.delaware.gov