Cybersecurity HSAC Subcommittee


The Cybersecurity Advisory Committee (CAC) is a subcommittee of Colorado's Homeland Security and All-Hazards Senior Advisory Committee (HSAC) dedicated to providing feedback and guidance for statewide cybersecurity priorities and efforts. 

The revamped CAC operates now as a blend of the Whole of State Working Group and the original HSAC Cybersecurity Subcommittee in an effort to formalize diverse representation of local voices and perspectives across Colorado. The CAC continues the work outlined by the original Whole of State Working Group such as feedback and guidance on newer initiatives developed to address new dynamics such as cybersecurity funding and goal implementation. 


The CAC is representative of a diverse set of jurisdictions (size, location, type) across the State of Colorado that has different levels of cybersecurity resources and access to resources. Voting members include: 

  • Chair, Ben Edelen:  Boulder County,  Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)
  • Secretary, Thomas Johnson: Grand County CISO
  • Susan Haltermann:  Teller County, Network Administrator
  • Brandon Beaudette:  Roaring Fork School District, Director of Technology
  • Erik Moore - Adams 12 5 Star Schools:   Executive Director of Academic Computing Services
  • Eric Dowdy:  Fort Collins-Loveland Water District, IT and Data/Systems Manager
  • Eric Bates:  West Metro Fire Rescue, Director of Information Technology
  • JR Noble:  South Metro Fire Rescue, Senior Systems and Security Analyst
  • Joe Milliken:  City of Westminster, CISO
  • Jay Britt:  City of Greeley, Security Analyst
  • Shane McGuinness:  Gunnison County Electric Association, Systems Administrator
  • Rich Schliep: Secretary of State’s Office, Chief Technology Officer
  • Craig Hurter:  Office of Information Technology, Director of Security Operations
  • Vacant:   Colorado Division of Homeland Security and  Emergency Management, Senior Cyber Analyst Supervisor
  • Gretchen Bliss: University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Director of Cybersecurity Program and Mountain West Cybersecurity Consortium, Chair
  • Michelle Deland: North Central Region Healthcare Coalition, Executive Director
  • Dolgio Nergui: Ouray County, Systems Administrator
  • Joshua Creese: Vail Health, Network Engineer


The CAC’s purpose is to help in the identification, development and implementation of best practices related to improving the cybersecurity posture of Colorado’s state, local, tribal and territories (SLTT) community and Colorado’s overall cyber ecosystem. 

The CAC supports the whole of state efforts to increase Colorado’s ability to identify our current cybersecurity environment; develop safeguards to protect our critical infrastructure and community members; detect threats - immediate and emerging, and improve our collective ability to respond to and recover from incidents. 

Through collaborative and innovative efforts, the CAC is charged with providing findings and recommendations to the HSAC in order to implement the best cybersecurity practices across the State of Colorado. 

Efforts include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Carrying out and managing tasks related to the cybersecurity goals in the 2019-2023 Colorado Homeland Security Strategy (CHSS)
  • Reporting progress of CHSS tasks and objectives to the HSAC on a quarterly basis
  • Researching best cybersecurity practices from local, state, federal jurisdictions, private sector entities and other institutions
  • Researching and making recommendations based on emerging threats or the latest trends in cybersecurity
  • Recommending policy and procedures that improve cybersecurity across the State of Colorado
  • Making policy recommendations to the Governor’s Cyber Security Council
  • Developing recommendations for training and education in the area of cybersecurity

Meeting Information

The CAC meets every fourth Wednesday of the month from 10 - 11 a.m.  Click the accordion links below to expand for information on meetings. We strive to ensure inclusive, accessible meetings that enable all individuals to engage fully. 


2022 Meeting Information 

May 25, 2022

  • Meeting Agenda
  • Meeting Minutes

June 29, 2022

  • Meeting Agenda
  • Meeting Minutes

July 27, 2022

Aug 31, 2022

  • Meeting Agenda
  • Meeting Minutes

Sept 28, 2022

October 26, 2022

  • Meeting Agenda
  • Meeting Minutes

November 30, 2022

  • Meeting Agenda
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December 28, 2022

  • Meeting Agenda
  • Meeting Minutes
Archived Meeting Information

Meeting agendas and minutes will be available for three years.