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Amanda Crawford

GoldenGov: State Executive of the Year

“It’s definitely been quite a year,” Texas CIO Amanda Crawford says of her agency’s efforts to implement all the measures of a wide-ranging data and cybersecurity law Gov. Greg Abbott signed last summer. That’s included naming data officers at every executive-branch agency, launching the TexRAMP cloud vendor certification program — which aims to do for the state what FedRAMP does for the U.S. government — and, most recently, planning the first of a series of regional security operation centers at Angelo State University, which will help protect West Texas communities from cyber threats. But Crawford says the 220-employee Department of Information Resources has been able to handle the added duties: “We’re small but mighty.”

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