Even though it boasts of Silicon Valley - a region that many view as the top technological economic center in the country - California's government was far behind most IT innovations and practices of the day. That's when Mark Weatherford arrived as CISO, fresh from a similar position in Colorado. His goal was was to transform the state government into an enterprise organization. To achieve this, his first order of business was to establish California's first official IT security strategy. Standardizing IT operations statewide came next. Weatherford, industry observers say, has proven his proficiency in pushing security forward in state environments where many other CISOs give up.