CyberHawaii is an information sharing and analysis non-profit organization committed to developing and enhancing Hawaii’s cybersecurity capabilities. The organization is working to build a community that manages and mitigates cyber risk through various methods, including the sharing of information in a secure enclave via the Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN), a threat sharing platform, as well as encouraging cyber hygiene best practices.

CyberHawaii is also committed to developing and accelerating educational and workforce opportunities for students via pathways from high school to two- and four- year cyber degrees. This includes early college credits to incentivize a running start to college and then the workplace.

As an affiliate of CyberUSA, CyberHawaii was founded in late 2016 with seven founding state members —  Maryland, California, Texas, Massachusetts, South Carolina, Louisiana, and Colorado. CyberUSA is chaired by former Governor Tom Ridge, the first Secretary of Homeland Security. CyberHawaii will mirror the national mission, which focuses on cyber education, innovation, and threat identification and mitigation.

Chief Executive Officer

Albert (Al) Ogata

With more than 40 years of experience in technology, information systems, risk management, compliance and operations, Ogata was selected as CyberHawaii’s first chief executive officer. Ogata will provide leadership and direction to support the organization’s mission, vision and goals in conjunction with the CyberHawaii’s board of directors. He will develop policies and maximize public and private funding opportunities for the organization, build partnerships with information technology/cyber industry partners, non-profits, businesses, academic institution and more. As CEO, Ogata will ensure that programs, including CompuGirls Hawaii and Cyber Ready Hawaii, operate efficiently and pursue opportunities to expand and develop new programs.

Prior to joining CyberHawaii, Ogata was the chief operating, technology and compliance officer at Hawai‘i Health Information Exchange and held several position at Hawai‘i Medical Service Association (HMSA) including assistant vice president of information security and emergency response services, chief information security office and director of information protection and privacy. While at HMSA, he had been responsible for developing the organization’s overall cyber security policies with oversight of information protection, physical security, business continuity and emergency response, HIPAA privacy and more.

Ogata received his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He has been a member of CyberHawaii since 2018, is a graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy and member of the FBI Honolulu Citizens Academy Alumni Association.

Board of Directors

Jodi Ito, Chair

University of Hawai’i

Edward Ontai, Vice Chair

Edward Ontai, Vice Chair


Vassilis Syrmos, Vice Chair

Vassilis Syrmos, Vice Chair

University of Hawai’i System

Matt Freeman, Secretary

Hawaiian Telcom

Ryan Field, Treasurer

American Savings Bank


CyberHawaii is a dues paying organization comprised of the Executive Committee Members, General Members, Strategic Government Partners, and Affiliate Organizations. Events will include high-level briefings and discussions, executive committee meetings, general member meetings, hands-on practical workshops and webinars, support for educational programs and cyber exercises, and an annual conference with support from University of Hawaii, Hawaii Business Roundtable and CyberUSA.

Executive Members

American Savings Bank
Bank of Hawaii logo
Booz Allen Hamilton
eWorld Enterprise Solutions
First Hawaiian Bank


Hawaii Pacific Health
Hawaii State Federal Credit Union
Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric, Hawaii Electric Light
Hawaiian Telcom
Kamehameha Schools logo
PACXA logo
Par Hawaii
Referential logo
University of Hawaii system

General Members

Central Pacific Bank logo
Chaminade University logo
Hawaii Gas logo
Hawaii Community Foundation
Delta Dental, HDS, Hawaii Dental Service
Kauai Island Utility Cooperative
Monarch Insurance Services
Wakelight Technologies logo
Zippy's logo

Strategic Government Partners

US Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation
NSA/CSS Hawaii Kinaole logo
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Pacific Command seal
State of Hawaii seal
City and County of Honolulu seal
Honolulu Board of Water Supply

Strategic Affiliates

Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
Hawaii Business Roundtable
Hawaii Island Economic Development Board
Hawaii Leeward Planning Conference logp
Hawaii Convention and Visitors Bureau
ISSA Hawaii Chapter
Maui Economic Development Board
Transforming Hawaii Government
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