2017 IT Professional of the Year - Andy Brush, CIO Washtenaw County
The Mi-GMIS IT Professional of the Year Award recognizes an outstanding individual who advances and supports the use of technology within the government workplace to improve efficiencies and services, provides service to the IT community and contributes to professional organizations.
This year’s awardee is Andy Brush, IT Manager at Washtenaw County. Self described as a teacher and social scientist who found his way into technology by bridging the gap between people who know how to create technology and those who need to get something done, Mr. Brush is an experienced IT leader. He is a member of teams that have created scientific information sharing systems, online knowledge resources, online parts exchanges, government websites and eCommerce systems. He has worked tirelessly to bring affordable cyber security services to the local governments of Michigan with the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) as a Service Project. He has spearheaded the initiative and spent countless hours working with experts, pulling together partners, conducting feasibility studies and developing budgets to make the CISO as a Service Project a reality.
Mr. Brush continuously seeks to include local governments of every size in the CISO as a Service Project. He gathers peer feedback to use in the development of a comprehensive plan that provides a cyber security resource to help guide Michigan local governments in reaching their cyber security goals. His efforts brought the attention of the State of Michigan which has provided the initial resources needed to pilot his project concept. Mr. Brush’s partnership with the State of Michigan highlights the successes that can be achieved through the shared collaboration of large and small governments.