Michael dENT

Michael Dent is the Chief Information Security Officer for Fairfax County, Virginia. A veteran public servant, Michael joined the County in 2002 after managing the security program for information technology at the Virginia Department of Corrections.  Michael is also a military veteran having served in the US Army for 9 years. 

Since joining the County, Michael has been the catalyst for establishing the enterprise-wide IT risk management program, by developing a county-wide comprehensive IT security risk and privacy program, He proactively works with business units to implement practices that meet the defined policies and standards for information security; advises Executive Management on risk and other matters related to IT security to determine acceptable levels of risk; conducting incident investigations and IT forensics, and proactively conducting audits, monitoring and reporting on system-wide status, threat analysis and new vulnerabilities; developing regular county-wide communication and awareness programs; and, addressing system and people compliance issues through a structured enforcement process.  He is one of the founding members of the County’s Architecture Review Board.

Michael is currently serving his seventh term as Chairman of the Council of Governments (COG) Chief Information Security Officers group within the National Capitol Region (NCR).  Under Michael leadership the NCR Interoperable Communications Infrastructure (NCRICI) support team was awarded the 2014 Commonwealth of Virginia Governor’s Technology Award for Cross-Boundary Collaboration for its Identity and Access Management Service (IAMS).

Most recently Michael was awarded the very first 2016 Visionary Award from Splunk in the state and local sector.  He also received the 2016 Cyber Award from Symantec. He was honored as the North American Information Security Executive of the Year Award for 2015 from The Executive Network in the Academic/Public Sector Category.

Michael’s diligent efforts, strategic and visionary leadership has earned national recognition for Fairfax County’s Information Security Program as one of the leading local government programs in the country.  The County’s Next Generation Security Program and IT Security Awareness Day program, has been nationally recognized by the National Association of Counties (NACO). 

In his spare time Michael enjoys spending time with family and creating designs and art for woodworking and metal working.