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Cybersecurity, consolidation mature in Alaska as new governor takes office

by Jake Williams • 1 week ago

Alaska CISO Shannon Lawson says the state is now preparing to make an unprecedented investment in cybersecurity tools from a variety of vendors.

Big changes in store for state CIOs after 2018 elections

by Benjamin Freed • 1 month ago

With 36 states electing governors, there could be major upheaval ahead for chief information officers and the strategic plans they oversee.

State CISOs are getting more attention, but most still struggle for budgets and talent

by Benjamin Freed • 2 months ago

A biannual survey of state chief information security officers found that while more leaders are focusing on cybersecurity, states still lag in building adequate defenses.

With new governors inbound across the country, NASCIO reminds IT leaders of core principles

by Colin Wood • 3 months ago

This year's elections could bring dozens of new IT leaders into state government. A network of experts is ready to ensure no one drops the torch.

Alaska's first statewide CIO, tasked with IT consolidation, resigns

by Colin Wood • 3 months ago

Bill Vajda, the first Alaskan technology official granted the governor's authority to lead an IT consolidation, has departed state government after less than 18 months in the role.

Alaska's Gov. Walker orders creation of emergency communications governing board

by Colin Wood • 3 months ago

The new 13-member body is charged with advising the legislative and executive branches as the state upgrades to the next generation of technology.

Meet Alaska's first chief innovation officer

by Benjamin Freed • 6 months ago

Jason Schneider moved from Michigan to lead Alaska's IT modernization. He's also looking forward to the surfing and hiking.

In rural Alaska, new internet service is set to transform daily life

by Colin Wood • 6 months ago

The state's chief information officer says a recent tour of the region's new internet infrastructure revealed burgeoning opportunities for a once disconnected people.

States look for visibility while crafting future-ready technology budgets

by Jake Williams • 12 months ago

On the latest episode of StateScoop’s Priorities podcast, technology leaders from Alaska, Hawaii and Ohio weigh in on their budget environments and how they’re trying to fund tech.

7 things that happened in government tech this year

by Colin Wood • 12 months ago

Cybersecurity and GIS got their due, and a lot of people changed jobs.

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