Former tech executive Kathy Cruz leaves state, joins KPMG
After nearly 11 years of service in California state government, veteran tech executive Kathy Cruz has left state service for a cybersecurity leadership role with KPMG.
Cruz is stepping away from her position with the California Information Security Office after three and a half years to become the director of cyber government at KPMG US, a professional services network with a location in downtown Sacramento and headquartered in Amstelveen, Netherlands.
Since leaving the private sector for the first time in 2008, Cruz has spent time in the Department of General Services as well as the Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board, where she was CIO and subsequently chief deputy executive officer until 2016.
According to KPMG’s career board, Cruz’s responsibilities as director of cyber government will include working with the Department of Defense on cybersecurity and coordinating with cybersecurity vendors. KPMG, one of the Big Four accounting organizations, lists cybersecurity risks as the highest threat to organizational growth on their website.
Cruz is a recipient of the CIO Magazine 100 award as well as the Silicon Valley YWCA Tribute to Women in Industry Award.