Alan Joseph Ferretti
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Alan Joseph Ferretti
  • October 25, 1948 - November 10, 2017
  • Georgetown, Texas

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Alan Joseph Ferretti, 69, lost a short battle with esophageal cancer on Friday, November 10, 2017, in Austin. Alan was born October 25, 1948 in Lynn, Massachusetts. Following graduation from Lynn English High School, Alan graduated from Bryant & Stratton Commercial School. Alan joined the military during the Vietnam War, completed basic training at Fort Dix, Virginia, and was eventually stationed in Germany until he was discharged from the Army in 1975.

Alan had a long and distinguished career in the Information Technology field, focusing on Information Security within the last decade. He retired from Geophysical Service, Inc (GSI), a subsidiary of Texas Instruments in 1988, where he managed geophysical data services for US & Latin America. Of his many accomplishments while with GSI, he got a kick out of reporting that the GSI data center he managed in Calgary, Alberta, Canada was filmed and included in one of the Superman movies on his watch! Subsequently, Alan held positions with Electronic Data Systems in Plano, Nashville, and Austin. Alan began working for Texas Department of Public Safety (TXDPS) in 2003 where he held positions within IT and the Crime Records departments. He retired in December 2016 after several years as the Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Information Security Officer (ISO) for the state of Texas, an FBI required role. Since retiring from TXDPS, Alan has worked with Diverse Computing, as a CJIS Security Analyst and Subject Matter Expert.

As CJIS ISO, Alan worked closely with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) CJIS staff to ensure that those who have lawful access to criminal history information in the state of Texas do so within federal guidelines. Simultaneously with his retirement from TXDPS, Alan retired his role as chairman of the FBI CJIS Advisory Policy Board's Security and Access Subcommittee. Alan was highly regarded for developing security policy and protocols for cloud computing in the law enforcement sector, which helped usher in widespread use of cloud within the criminal justice arena. Alan worked closely with multiple law enforcement agencies and their vendors to ensure they understood and were able to meet FBI CJIS policy requirements in hosting criminal history data within their cloud environments. It has been said that Alan's "efforts truly changed the landscape of cloud computing for all of state and local government .. for all cloud providers."

Alan was preceded in death most recently by his father Aldo Ferretti, his mother Lillian (Travers) Ferretti, and his sister Linda (Ruscito). Alan is survived by wife of 32 years, Deborah (Griffin); children, Kendra (Gray) and husband Jody, David Ferretti, Kelsey Dean, and Britt Dean; grandsons, JAG and Bryer Gray; father-in-law and mother-in law, Hollis and Pattie Griffin; brother-in-law, John Ruscito; sisters-in-law, Donna Deaton and husband Eddie, Cindy Clounch and husband Joey, and Holly Smith and husband Scott; as well as Anita Smulders (mother of Kendra Gray and David Ferretti); and a host of extended family and long-time friends.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 P.M. on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at Crestview Baptist Church in Georgetown, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or the Esophageal Cancer Awareness Association. If flowers are sent, please exclude carnations due to severe allergy within the family. Esophageal cancer is preventable, though frequently not curable. Early screening is the key. Search online for a list of risk factors, and see a doctor for screening immediately if you match any of the risk factors.

Arrangements by Cook-Walden Davis Funeral Home, 2900 Williams Drive, Georgetown, Texas 78628 (512)863-2564.