Michael Watson

Watson is the chief information security officer for the state of Virginia.

State Cybersecurity Leader of the Year

Mike Watson has been the chief information security officer for the state of Virginia since 2011, where he oversees the information security strategy for the commonwealth, which has more than 100,000 employees, 60,000 workstations, 3,500 servers and multiple petabytes of data. Watson established organizational objectives for his agency to support the cybersecurity goals of the state. Watson has served under current Gov. Ralph Northam and former Gov. Terry McAuliffe. He’s been with the state IT agency since 2010, and has been in state government since 2006. Before that, he worked in higher education and the private sector.

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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