October 11, 2012

SEC Creates Deputy CIO Position to Spur Modernization

In new position, Pamela Dyson will help agency further modernize its technology

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced Thursday that Pamela Dyson has been named the SEC’s Deputy Chief Information Officer, a newly created position, to help the agency further modernize its outdated technology.

Dyson has filled a number of key roles in the agency’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) since joining the SEC in November 2010. In her new role as deputy director she will coordinate closely with the agency’s divisions and offices to maintain an innovative, secure and efficient technology infrastructure, the SEC says.

“Pam is an outstanding professional with a valuable combination of technical knowledge and leadership experience,” said Thomas A. Bayer, the SEC’s chief information officer, in a statement. “Her efforts to increase the efficiency of OIT operations have already made a significant impact on the agency, and we’re pleased to welcome her to this new position.”

Dyson said in that same statement that, “I am honored by the opportunity to serve the SEC in this new capacity. We are committed to delivering innovative solutions to help the SEC serve investors, and look forward to advancing the agency’s strategic vision through better use of technology.”

The SEC highlighted in its release announcing Dyson’s appointment steps the agency has taken in recent years to enhance its technological capabilities and modernize its computer system, including: deploying a centralized database for the thousands of tips and complaints it receives; installing a new automated work-flow system to track and triage enforcement actions; creating a new automated e-discovery system to help investigators rapidly review evidence; setting up a national standardized collection and storage system for SEC inspections and examinations; developing and procuring a unique system to analyze market data; and refurbishing its financial management system.

Prior to joining the SEC, Dyson was the deputy chief information officer for the U.S. International Trade Commission, where she held several positions of increasing responsibility and served as an auxiliary member of several agency-wide executive committees. 

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