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Christine Halvorsen is Appointed as Public Sector CTO at Okta

Okta, the San Francisco-based leader in cloud-based identity management, announced the appointment of Christine Halvorsen as its first Chief Technology Officer for the public sector. This significant hire underscores Okta’s commitment to assisting federal, state, and local government agencies in modernizing their services, streamlining processes, and bolstering security through zero-trust adoption.

Halvorsen brings to Okta a wealth of experience spanning over two decades in the federal government, marking a career dedicated to enhancing technology infrastructures and security protocols within high-stakes environments. Her tenure includes nearly 20 years at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), where she made substantial contributions as Assistant Director, Chief Technology Officer, and Chief Information Security Officer of the counterterrorism and criminal justice information services divisions. At the FBI, Halvorsen was instrumental in leading digital modernization initiatives and advancing law enforcement efforts, showcasing her adeptness in navigating complex security and technology landscapes.

Beyond her distinguished government service, Halvorsen has also made significant strides in the private sector, holding leadership roles focused on artificial intelligence and public sector technology at Amazon Web Services. Her broad industry experience is further complemented by her involvement in esteemed organizations; she is a member of the Forbes Technology Council and recently held the position of Managing Director for risk and compliance, trust and safety, and cybersecurity at Protiviti. Additionally, Halvorsen’s commitment to fostering innovation and security within government technology solutions is evident through her role as a founding board member of the Government Technology & Services Coalition’s (GTSC) FITGov Summit.

Educationally, Halvorsen’s background is as impressive as her professional journey. She holds an MBA from Georgetown University, a Master’s degree in Computer Information Security from Boston University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, laying a solid foundation for her expertise in technology and security.

Halvorsen’s appointment at Okta is a clear indicator of the company’s strategic focus on enhancing its support for the public sector. By leveraging Halvorsen’s deep experience in government technology leadership and her vision for modern, secure digital services, Okta aims to empower agencies to achieve their missions more effectively and securely. As the public sector continues to navigate the challenges of digital transformation and cybersecurity, Halvorsen’s leadership and Okta’s innovative solutions are poised to play a crucial role in shaping a more efficient and secure future for government services.

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Matt Seldon
Matt Seldon, BSc., is an Editorial Associate with HSToday. He has over 20 years of experience in writing, social media, and analytics. Matt has a degree in Computer Studies from the University of South Wales in the UK. His diverse work experience includes positions at the Department for Work and Pensions and various responsibilities for a wide variety of companies in the private sector. He has been writing and editing various blogs and online content for promotional and educational purposes in his job roles since first entering the workplace. Matt has run various social media campaigns over his career on platforms including Google, Microsoft, Facebook and LinkedIn on topics surrounding promotion and education. His educational campaigns have been on topics including charity volunteering in the public sector and personal finance goals.
Matt Seldon
Matt Seldon
Matt Seldon, BSc., is an Editorial Associate with HSToday. He has over 20 years of experience in writing, social media, and analytics. Matt has a degree in Computer Studies from the University of South Wales in the UK. His diverse work experience includes positions at the Department for Work and Pensions and various responsibilities for a wide variety of companies in the private sector. He has been writing and editing various blogs and online content for promotional and educational purposes in his job roles since first entering the workplace. Matt has run various social media campaigns over his career on platforms including Google, Microsoft, Facebook and LinkedIn on topics surrounding promotion and education. His educational campaigns have been on topics including charity volunteering in the public sector and personal finance goals.

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