Employee Spotlight: Molly Green, OIG
Staff in all OKDHS divisions provide a multitude of services to thousands of Oklahomans, often without any fanfare. To help share their stories, we are launching an Employee Spotlight feature for Our InfoNet Home and the Navigator.
Our inaugural spotlight features Molly Green, Information Security Administrator for the Office of Inspector General (OIG). Many of you may know Molly because of her role in ensuring the security of information stored on OKDHS devices such as laptops and cell phones.
Molly's OKDHS career began nearly two decades ago. Her first five years with the agency were spent serving customers in multiple programs including SNAP, Child Care, State Supplemental Payment and Medicaid. For the past 15 years, she has been serving customers and staff as part of the OIG team. Born and raised in Oklahoma, she holds a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from Oklahoma State University.
What do you do at OIG?
“The Information Security Unit investigates incidents related to OKDHS information and technological devices that store information. This might include situations where confidential information is disclosed to unauthorized parties, or situations where smartphones or computers are lost or stolen. The unit also develops policies and processes, helps review data sharing agreements, and assists with audits to help OKDHS comply with state and federal requirements for information security.”
What do you think is the biggest challenge for your team?
“The biggest challenge is finding a way to make others aware of the importance of information security and follow good information security practices. People come to OKDHS for help and, in the process, they provide us with very personal information. It’s important to me that we do the best we can to protect that information so that we don’t cause them any further harm.”
How has your team’s work been impacted by the pandemic?
“There have been both positives and negatives. Some O365 products, like Teams and Delve, have made it so much easier to connect with people and get a quicker response to questions. On the other hand, with so many technology changes in a short period of time, we have seen an uptick in security incidents that occurred because of employee unfamiliarity with the technology. We are a small team, so we are used to ‘workshopping’ incident cases together, using each other to test guidance for staff, and troubleshooting issues we had with different IT tools.”
How has telework affected your team?
“Some of my team have young children at home doing remote learning so it’s a bit of a juggling act. For me, personally, I’ve learned to ‘save’ my work constantly because I have two cats who periodically decide to walk across my keyboard as I’m typing!”
What’s the best thing about being part of OIG?
“We have a great group of employees who support and take care of each other. Most people who come to work at OIG rarely transfer to other OKDHS divisions so we get to know each other over longer periods of time. We even have an annual holiday party that includes former OIG employees, so we get a chance to catch up with former coworkers, too.”
What do you want all staff to know about OIG?
“OIG isn’t usually in the spotlight, but we are here when you need us. In the meantime, we will keep ensuring accountability and integrity in OKDHS programs and services.”
What do you do when you’re not working?
“I love to read pretty much anything. I have a ‘to read’ list that I’ll never finish! I also love watching pretty much any kind of sport. I always look forward to the Olympics and I’ve already given my boss notice that I’ll be requesting annual leave during the 2026 FIFA World Cup!”
That World Cup will be jointly hosted by 16 cities in Canada, Mexico and the United States. Molly Green will be in a stadium in one of those cities, happily cheering from the stands.