James Topel

James Topel

Chief Information Security Officer at Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs

I have always had an interest in computers and specifically in security. I started working for the Washington state government in 2005, and most of this time has been at the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) holding various positions from Desktop to Infrastructure. I worked for DSHS for 2.5 years at ESA as a security analyst, and then I came back to WDVA in 2017 after the agency developed a dedicated IT security position.