First Chief Technology Officer appointed in New Haven, Conn.

New Haven Appoints Cybersecurity Expert as CTO to Strengthen Technological Capabilities and Security Measures

Michael Simeone, a seasoned IT professional with over 25 years of experience, has been appointed as the Chief Technology Officer for New Haven, Connecticut by Mayor Justin Elicker. In this new role, Simeone will be responsible for overseeing the city’s technology budget and integrating technology initiatives across different departments.

Simeone expressed his excitement for applying his information technology and cyber security expertise to guide the city’s day-to-day technology operations, support its technology and efficiency goals, and serve New Haven residents in this important role. His appointment comes after a business email compromise last June, 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.

Prior to his appointment as CTO of New Haven, Simeone served as the Chief Information Officer for Bendett & McHugh, P.C., a Connecticut law firm representing large financial institutions. In this role, he oversaw all aspects of the firm’s IT operations and ensured that its systems were secure and efficient.

As New Haven’s first CTO, Simeone will play a crucial role in enhancing technological capabilities and ensuring the security of city systems. He will work closely with Superintendent Madeline Negron to establish technology strategies and growth plans for the city’s Board of Education. With his expertise in information technology and cyber security, Simeone will help ensure that New Haven residents have access to cutting-edge technologies that are both secure and efficient.

Overall, Simeone’s appointment as New Haven’s CTO is an exciting development for the city’s technological capabilities and its residents. His experience in IT operations and cyber security will help ensure that the city remains at the forefront of technological innovation while also maintaining strong security measures to protect its systems from potential threats.

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