Dean Scontras

Industry Leadership of the Year

The top priorities for state CIOs, as defined by NASCIO, show not only what CIOs are focusing on now, but what government will focus on going forward, says Dean Scontras, Okta’s VP of SLED. “The silver lining coming out of COVID is that it really did help catalyze the reinvention of government,” he says. Okta, as an identity and access management provider, plays a crucial role in that reinvention, he says. “You can’t reinvent government until you have trust in a digital world,” he says. “We’ve helped states roll out benefits digitally, and the identity has to be ensured as a result of that.” 

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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