Wes Knight

Wes Knight

Company: Georgia Department of Revenue

Job Title: CISO

Wes has been involved in IT for over 35 years starting out with IBM in Atlanta. After leaving IBM in 1996, Wes started a company doing Network and Network Security consulting and training. This eventually evolved to focus on Security including Assessments and Forensics. Wes remains a certified instructor in Ethical Hacking and Forensic Investigation.

Wes has held several positions in IT and Information Security since joining the DOR eleven years ago. He is currently the Chief Information Security Officer and manages the DOR Office of Information Security. The OIS is responsible for maintaining the security of taxpayer and motor vehicle information and approximately $25 billion in annual taxes received; ensuring that DOR complies with applicable State and Federal regulations, and conducting the forensics needed for criminal investigations.

Wes serves on several Executive Advisory Committees and the Evanta CISO Governing Body. He was awarded the 2018 Information Security Executive Southeast People Choice Award. This award was voted on by his peers and recognizes the ISE® Executive Nominee who exemplifies the attributes of a leader in the information security industry

Wes and his wife Elizabeth have been married for 45 years and have 5 children and 11 grandchildren.