Maria Thompson

State Chief Risk Officer

Maria joined the Department of Information Technology in January 2015 as the State’s first Chief Risk Officer, reporting to the State Chief Information Officer. This new position was established as part of the state’s efforts to bring information risk management capabilities in line with industry standards.

In her role, Maria is responsible for developing an integrated statewide framework to manage information risk, including operations, security, and data protection.

Maria comes to DIT with decades of IT security experience. She began her career with 20 years of service in the U.S. Marine Corps and retired as the Cyber Security Chief for the Marine Corps. Her previous roles include serving as the Iraq Theater of Operations Certification Authority. She also served as a Senior Security Engineer for SecureInfo and Senior Security Architect and Program Manager for the Imperatis Corporation in Virginia. 

Maria holds a Master’s of Science in Information Technology from the University of Maryland, University College - Adelphi.