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Former CIO accuses Penn State of faking cybersecurity compliance

September 18, 2023

Last October, Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) was sued by a former chief information officer for allegedly falsifying government security compliance reports.

The lawsuit, recently unsealed, is a qui tam complaint (in Latin “who as well,”) meaning it was filed on behalf of the US government by former CIO Matthew Decker, who claims his former employer defrauded the government under the False Claims Act.

In November 2015, Decker, presently chief data and information officer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, was appointed CIO and director of Information Technology Services at the University’s Applied Research Lab (ARL), which does work for the US Navy.

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