Amanda Crawford

Amanda Crawford is CIO of Texas.

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.”

Benjamin Freed

Written by Benjamin Freed

Benjamin Freed was the managing editor of StateScoop and EdScoop, covering cybersecurity issues affecting state and local governments across the country. He wrote extensively about ransomware, election security and the federal government’s role in assisting states and cities with information security.

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