Rockingham County Commissioners Commend CIO for James S. Cooper Award
 
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Posted on Wednesday November 21, 2018
 
CIO Derek Southern was honored for his immediate response & deployment of his support staff in helping Rockingham County Schools recover from a malware attack last Dec.
 
Rockingham County Commissioners Commend CIO for James S. Cooper Award

WENTWORTH, NC (Nov. 21, 2018) - The Rockingham County Board of Commissioners commended Chief Information Officer (CIO) Derek Southern for an outstanding achievement at the Nov. 19th meeting of the Rockingham County Board of Commissioners in Wentworth.  

Southern was recently honored by receiving the prestigious James S. Cooper Award at the NC Local Government Information Systems Association (NCLGISA) Conference.  He was nominated by Kacey Sensenich, Chief Technology Officer of Rockingham County Schools, for his immediate response and deployment of his support staff in helping the district recover from a malware attack on Dec. 12, 2017.   

Southern's award states:
"This individual was one of the first people to offer help to our district after our malware attack that occurred on December 12, 2017.  He offered his technicians to join our Schools' technicians to attempt to identify the virus and recommended strategies on how to approach the problem.  The collaboration we had with him and his staff allowed us all to quickly realize this problem would require an outside contractor to assist in the complete recovery of our district.  We appreciated his quick response and willingness to assist during this critical time.  We feel that this is a great example of what the James S. Cooper Award is about and we highly recommend him for this award."   
Nominated By Kacey Sensenich - Rockingham County Schools  

NCLGISA is an association of North Carolina local government information technology professionals. Its purpose is to assist its members in sharing experiences and ideas and in undertaking cooperative efforts intended to achieve the association’s goal of improving the effectiveness of local government information systems. The association is a state chapter of GMIS, an Association of Government IT Leaders. 

 

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