Maria Thompson

Thompson is the chief risk officer for the state of North Carolina.

State Cybersecurity Leader of the Year

Since joining the North Carolina Department of Information Technology in 2015 as its first chief risk officer, Maria Thompson has developed an integrated statewide framework to manage information risk, including operations, security and data protection. Thompson tirelessly promotes cybersecurity, establishing a state-supported cybersecurity apprenticeship for disabled veterans and promoting cyber awareness and careers to students from elementary schools to universities. Thompson sits on multiple state-level and federal cybersecurity boards and is also a commissioner on the State Emergency Response Commission.

Jake Williams

Written by Jake Williams

Jake Williams is the vice president of content and community for StateScoop and EdScoop. He's spent nearly a decade in the government IT market, covering the ins and outs of state and local government, as well as higher education. He started his journalism career in his native Pennsylvania and has also worked as a reporter for Campaigns & Elections magazine.

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